Arresting ‘slow down’ Garda photo creates social media traffic

This 'choose your own speed limit'-type image is believed to have been taken in Co Galway.

The message may be deadly serious but a photograph used by the Garda to promote today’s Slow Down Day prompted a few smiles.

Using the slogan Thumbs Up for Slow Down, members of the public were asked to post photos on social media with their thumbs up in support of the campaign.

Gardaí provided a selection of their own to get the ball rolling and this “choose your own speed limit” one proved an arresting image.

The photo is thought to have been taken in Co Galway but the Garda Press Office didn’t reply to queries or rise to the jibes left by wags who couldn’t resist pointing out the anomaly.

The photo was flagged on the Garda Twitter account which linked to the Garda Facebook site where members of the public pondered its meaning.

One speculated that motorists could go into the bend at 80km/h but come out of it at 60km/h. Another wonders if the two limits should be added together while a cynic suggests the true limit is 80km/h but was reduced to 60km/h for “revenue raising” purposes for the campaign.

Other commentators were baffled that either limit should apply given the narrowness of the road and one was unimpressed that the squad car was stopped on a blind bend for the photo.

But at least these motorists spotted the signs. On Slow Down Day, which runs until 7am tomorrow, gardaí will be out in force all over the country in an intensive blitz on those who don’t take any notice of speed limits.


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