Kildare’s Chief Superintendant, Michael Byrnes has called for motorists to slow down this Bank Holiday weekend as part of a major national crack down on speed.
From last Monday, October 21 to Sunday November 3, there will be 24 one-hour checkpoints set up in the Kildare garda division - 12 high visibility speed detection check points and 12 general road traffic check points.
Speaking at a special press conference at Naas Garda station this afternoon, (Wednesday, October 23), the Chief Superintendant declared; “speed is the number killer on roads in Kildare. We had one fatality last year and this year we’ve had 11 accidents, which resulted in 13 fatalities.”
He stressed the gardai are out there doing their job, the enforcement is there and the school’s programme is in place, but the message is not getting across to people.
Referring to one of the highest speeds detected in the country this year, where a motorist was detected travelling 210km per hour in the 100km zone at the N7, Kill, he pointed out this was 110km over the speed limit, with a breaking distance of almost the length of Croke Park.
He implored people to follow good driving behaviour, show manners and drive safely on Kildare’s roads over the weekend.
“Thirteen people are dead. I hope that I have visited the last fatal road collision in Kildare this year, “ he concluded.