The N2 at Reaghstown has been named as of one of the destinations that will have a Garda presence tomorrow (Friday, October 20th) morning as part of National Slow Down Day.
Officers from An Garda Siochana will conduct a national speed limit enforcement operation for 24 hours starting from 7am, in a scheme supported by the Road Safety Authority.
An Garda Siochana have already revealed a list of 20 high risk speeding hotspots which will see Garda checkpoints throughout the day, and it includes the N2 at Reaghstown.
Last month, Gardai revealed details of a vehicle which was clocked doing 151km in a 100km per hour zone on the N2 at Reaghstown, hours before a six car pile up between Monaghan and Clontibret, putting further focus on the dangers of the national primary road.
Also last month, it was revealed that improvements to the N2 north of Ardee will be progressed as a major road project after Monaghan County Council, Louth County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland met to discuss the next step forward from a detailed safety review conducted on the road.
All parties involved in the talks have decided that a 36km stretch of the N2 from north of Ardee to south of the Castleblayney bypass will be progressed as a “major road project”.
In July, Margaret McGonigle (69) from Castlereagh in Bruckless Co. Donegal, daughter Mairead Munday (39) and her friend Rachel Battles (37), both from Ballyloughan in Bruckless, died instantly in the three car collision that occured at Aclint Bridge between Ardee and Carrickmacross.
Of 22 fatal collisions that occurred between on the N2 between Monaghan and Ashbourne between 2005 and 2013, 13 were between Castleblayney and Slane – with nine north of Ardee between the town and Castleblayney. Since January 2016, eight people have died on the N2 between Hunterstown just south of Ardee and Castleblayney.
After the fatal incident in July, it was announced that funding was being made available for an online upgrade to the N2. The rate of fatal collisions on the single carriageway road exceeds the rate seen on similar primary roads.
The objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads, with the the aim of “Slow Down Day” being to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed.