National "Slow Down" Day - 07.00 hrs on Friday 19th October to 07.00 hrs on Saturday 20th October 2018.

An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation "Slow Down", supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders for a 24 hour period from 07.00 hrs on Friday 19th October to 07.00 hrs on Saturday 20th October 2018.

In terms of road safety, 2017 was the lowest on record with 157 road deaths, however it is still 157 road deaths too many.  Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, further confirmed by the recent RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in one third of all fatal collisions during that time.  The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision.  As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists' speed is essential to improving road safety.

The objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.  The aim of "Slow Down" is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speed.

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities as well as the delivery of a road safety message through the use of national and local media.  In addition, Garda personnel will man display stands in key venues to provide road safety advice and distribute road safety leaflets.