Driv­ers are urged to take it easy

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GAR­DAÍ have urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to slow down on the roads in 2009. ‘In­ap­pro­pri­ate speed is the sin­gle great­est con­trib­u­tory fac­tor in road deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries,’ said a garda rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

While fa­tal col­li­sions have come down slightly, driv­ers are urged to slow down. ‘As a gen­eral rule even a 1 km per hour de­crease in av­er­age speed re­duces the like­li­hood of a col­li­sion caus­ing death or in­jury.’ The garda said that while this is a very wel­come and pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment, ‘there is no room for com­pla­cency.’

As well as in­tro­duc­ing new en­force­ment tech­nol­ogy in cer­tain ar­eas, gar­daí are in the process of de­ploy­ing au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion sys­tems in each garda divi­sion. ‘This will fur­ther as­sist the garda ob­jec­tive in sav­ing lives and bring­ing about a greater com­pli­ance cul­ture.’

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