Gardai caught five motorists exceeding 110km/h in urban areas over the June Bank Holiday weekend, including in Limerick and Galway cities, and villages in Cavan and Waterford.
In the timeframe of the Bank Holiday operation by the Garda Roads Policing unit, between 7am on last Thursday 3 and 7am on Tuesday there was one fatal collision and 12 serious collisions which resulted in serious and life-threatening injuries.
The speeding detections over 110km/h include:
• 138km/h in a 50km/h zone on the R510 Dock Road, Limerick
• 129km/h in a 50km/h zone on the N3 Stramatt, Virginia, Co Cavan
• 111km/h in a 50km/h zone on the N6 Bóthar na dTreabh, Baile An Phoill, Go. Galway
• 114km/h in a 60km/h zone on the N25 Lemybrien, Waterford
Other high levels of speeding highlighted in a Garda statement were 116km/h in a 60km/h zone on the N11 at Ferrycarrig outside Wexford town, 188km/h in a 80km/h zone on the R403 Barberstown, Straffan Co Kildare and 116km/h in a 80km/h zone on the N2 Knockronaghan, Emyvale Co Monaghan.
Gardai said they caught 255 motorists holding mobile phones, 100 unaccompanied learner drivers, and 75 without seatbelts. 328 vehicles were detained under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act for offences such as unaccompanied learner driver (87), no insurance (117) and no tax (124).
Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, Roads Policing and Community Engagement Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said, “Working together with our partners to raise public awareness of the importance of road safety strengthens the capacity of Gardaí nationwide in keeping all road users safe. The Bank Holiday weekend was a very busy period on Irish roads and as our data shows, Gardaí were out enforcing the law through regular checkpoints, road side testing for alcohol and or drugs, checking for speed.”
“While there were some alarming detections, we want to acknowledge the largely positive support of road users in keeping people safe, particularly the most vulnerable such as cyclists and pedestrians. This help is required in order to avoid a higher number of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads,” she said
Assistant Commissioner Hilman added: “One more death is simply one too many, and can be avoided if we all work together. Our thoughts and prayers are with every family who suffers a loss of a loved one on our roads.”