An Garda Síochána caught 1,675 motorists driving in excess of the speed limit during National Slow Down Day.
The initiative, which reminds drivers of the dangers of speeding, to increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed, ran for 24 hours and ended this morning.
Gardaí said the overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
The Chief Superintendent of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau thanked the majority of motorists for driving within the speed limits, but said the minority breaking the limits are putting themselves and others at risk.
“Unfortunately we have yet again seen during our ‘Slow Down’ campaign, that there are still a minority of drivers who choose to ignore the legal speed limits and public warnings,” said Michael Hennebry.
“We will continue to focus on those non-compliant drivers who drive in excess of the speed limit, posing a significant risk to themselves and other road users.
Please remember that each time a driver exceeds a speed limit it could result in a serious injury or fatal collision. Please continue to support our efforts to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries.”