Updated: 20/10/17 : 07:13:23
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Gardaí begin National Slow Down operation

Today, Friday, is National Slow Down day and gardaí have begun to monitor a number of areas in a bid to reduce tragedy on Irish roads. Their operation got underway across Ireland at 7am.

With additional warnings already in place due to adverse weather motorists will be subject to nationwide speed checks today as part of the initiative.

Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy of the Roads Policing Bureau said: "We appeal to drivers to work with us and play their part in reducing injury and tragedy on the road, by supporting our National Slow Down Day.

"Please stick strictly to the posted speed limit, but if the road, traffic or especially weather conditions dictate... reduce your speed even further.

"This will make the journey safer not only for you, but for every road user sharing the road with you."

National Slow Down Day sees a highly visible garda presence on Ireland's roads and gardai have published a list of what they emphasise is just some of the locations that they will be targeting:

    N5 Claggarnagh East Castlebar Mayo
    R712 Pennefatherslot Kilkenny Kilkenny
    R551 Blackparks Ballybunnion Kerry
    R436 Leabeg Ballycumber Offaly
    R334 Cahernichole East The Neale Mayo
    N4 Lackan Edgeworthstown Longford
    N3 Edenburt Virginia Cavan
    N2 Reaghstown Ardee Louth
    R446 Ballyeighter Aughrim Galway
    N11 Clauass Enniscorthy Wexford
    N13 Lisfannan Bridge End Donegal
    R419 Kilbride Portarlington Laois
    N5 Portaghard Frenchpark Roscommon
    N68 Knockalough Kilmihil Clare
    R561 Kilnanare Firies Kerry
    N25 Coolcots Wexford
    M7 Osberstown Naas Kildare
    N7 Kill West Kill Kildare
    N20 Rathgoggan South Charleville Cork
     R586 Caherogullane Bantry Cork

Last Friday, gardai detected 241 vehicles speeding, which included a driver clocked at 151kph in a 100kph zone on the R445 in Laois.

The penalty for speeding is 3 penalty points and an €80 euro fine, if paid within 28 days.