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Over 120,000 vehicles checked by Gardai today in Project EDWARD

Over 120,000 vehicles checked by Gardai today in Project EDWARD

Over 120,000 vehicles were checked by Gardai in the first eighteen hours of Project EDWARD.

Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death) is taking place across Europe today.

Devised in 2016 by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), the initiative aims to raise awareness of road safety and reduce the number of people killed every day on the roads of Europe.

Waterford Traffic Corp arrested a driver this afternoon who had tested positive for cannabis in Kilmeaden.

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In total, 315 drivers were detected travelling in excess of the speed limit.

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Notable incidents include:

  • 101 km/h in a 80 km/h zone in Bennettsbridge in Kilkenny
  • 143 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the M9
  • 81 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on the R693 at Talbotsinch in Kilkenny

Project EDWARD has the support of senior politicians, police chiefs, policy makers and road safety professionals, many of whom have recorded short video messages for the Project EDWARD website.

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TISPOL President Paolo Cestra said: "The tragic toll of road deaths is seen every day by police officers and collision investigators.

"Every day across Europe, around 70 people will set off on road journeys, but they wonโ€™t make it home. That means 70 families will receive a knock at the door with the life-shattering news that they have lost a loved one in what was most likely an entirely preventable crash.

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