Alannah Myles

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Drivers Caught Speeding In The Midlands On National Slowdown Day

56 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year.

Motorists in the midlands are being urged to take care on the roads on National Slowdown Day.

Gardaí are reminding drivers of the dangers of speeding, and are conducting a national speed operation from 7 o'clock this morning.

56 people have lost their lives on Irish roads in 2020, an increase of five on this time last year.

That includes the two people who died in Offaly so far this year.

A number of people have been caught breaking speed limits in the midlands recently - including a motorist travelling at 174 kmph on the M7 in Laois, and another caught doing 131 kmph in an 80 kmph zone in Ballinea, Westmeath.

Donna Price from the Mullingar-based Irish Road Victims' Association is pleading with people to think of the consequences of their reckless behaviour:

More than 87 thousand vehicles have had their speed checked today as part of National Slow Down Day.

The aim of the day was to advise motorists to watch their speed and save lives.

However, since 7 o'clock this morning 693 drivers have been caught going over the posted speed limit.

They include a motorist detected travelling at 128 kmph in a 100 kmph zone on the N4 in Mullingar, and another caught doing 92 in a 80 kmph zone on the Daingean Road in Tullamore.

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