56 people have died on Irish roads so far this year.
New statistics published by Gardai show it marks an increase of 5 deaths when compared with the same period last year.
Since the start of March 27 people have died, while pedestrians account for 30% of all fatalities in 2020.
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Gardai have warned that despite the reductions in traffic at the moment they have continued to see a small percentage of drivers who travel at excessively high speeds both in urban and rural areas.
They say the need for drivers to slow down on Irish roads has never been greater as anyone out driving will probably encounter large numbers of people out walking, jogging and cycling within five kilometres of their homes.
Some examples of high speeds recorded in the first few months of the year include:
- 105 KPH in a 50 KPH Zone on the N6 Baile An Phoill Gaillimh
- 119 KPH in a 60 KPH Zone on the Old Airport Road Cloghran Dublin
- 129 KPH in a 60 KPH Zone on the R397 Keenagh Longford
- 131 KPH in an 80 KPH Zone on the R391 Hanstown Ballinea Westmeath
- 138 KPH in an 80 KPH Zone on the M50 Kilmore Big Dublin 17
- 136 KPH in a 100 KPH Zone on the N7 KILL WEST Kill Kildare
- 156 KPH in a 100 KPH Zone on the N85 Sileshaun West Inagh Clare
Gardai have released the figures ahead of National Slow Down Day tomorrow.
Its aim is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding and save lives.