Gardaí stopped a number of drug addicts, speeding motorists and a van with too many dogs on Friday as part of police work for “high visibility”.
Additional Garda checkpoints and patrols will be introduced nationwide this weekend to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the community.
A high-visibility police plan that focuses on helping vulnerable people and crime prevention came into effect on Friday from 7 a.m. and runs until midnight on Sunday.
The measure applies in addition to the work as part of Operation Fanacht and Operation Navigation.
As part of Operation Fanacht, large checkpoints will take place on national roads to reduce unnecessary journeys, while as part of Operation Navigation, members of the armed forces will conduct spot checks in licensed premises to determine whether Covid-19 guidelines are being followed.
The unusually high level of Garda activity was well publicized but did not prevent the Dundalk Roads Policing Unit from spotting a motorist traveling at 160 km / h when passing a checkpoint. The driver was stopped and a roadside check was positive for cannabis and cocaine. Lake Garda said the process would follow.
The Wicklow Roads Policing Unit also watched a number of motorists stop near checkpoints in the Newtownmountkennedy area on Friday. According to Gardaí, all vehicles that exceeded the speed limit were detected and the drivers were issued criminal charges with fixed charges.
Dublin West Roads police stopped a car on the N4 in the Liffey Valley after the driver was seen using a mobile phone while driving. Gardaí also stated that the car was not insured. The driver was fined and the car was confiscated.
No taxes, no exterior mirrors
In Co Kildare, Gardaí from Naas were conducting a checkpoint as part of Operation Fanacht when they stopped a van.
It was found uninsured, had no taxes, no certificate of roadworthiness, and no exterior mirrors. The driver also tested positive for cannabis. The driver was arrested and the van confiscated.
Waterford Gardaí was conducting a checkpoint as part of Operation Fanacht when they stopped a car in which nine dogs were found in cramped conditions. The car and dogs were confiscated and the driver arrested. The dogs are now in the care of the WSPCA.
As part of this weekend’s police plan, gardaí will continue to work with individuals, community groups, government agencies, charities and local businesses to provide services to support and protect the most vulnerable.
Members work with people to ensure compliance with public health policies and regulations through the “four-it” approach of engaging, educating, encouraging and only enforcing when provided and as last resort.
Garda Deputy Commissioner for Police and Security John Twomey said if people need help they should contact their local Garda station.
“Since the pandemic began, Garda members across the country have been helping the vulnerable and those who feel isolated,” he said.
“This involved simple but important tasks like collecting their prescriptions, providing their pension, or even being socially distant. If people need such help or know someone who does, please contact your local Lake Garda station. We are here to help.”
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