‘Slow Down’ the message from Gardai and local road safety officials

‘Slow Down’ is the main message from Gardai across the region today as part of a national awareness day.

A motorist has already been recorded travelling over 121km/h in a 100km zone just outside Grange in County Sligo this morning.

The offence took place on the N15 at Mount Temple and is just one of almost 60 already recorded since 7am this morning when Operation Slowdown started.

Donegal has historically one of the worst records for road fatalities – so far this year five people have lost their lives while 11 people were killed in Donegal last year.

In fact, the N14 at Drumnahoagh in Letterkenny is one of the places were Gardai have set up a checkpoint today.

As part of this campaign, Garda Derek Cloughley, from the Road Safety Unit says they are deliberately highlighting where the checkpoints are:


Meanwhile, wet weather is expected to make roads treacherous tonight and tomorrow and Motorists in county Donegal in particular are being advised to exercise extreme caution this weekend following a forecast by Met Éireann for heavy rain.

Roads are at their most slippy when the weather breaks after a prolonged dry spell, resulting in greasy surfaces.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council Brian O’Donnell had this advice: