Checkpoints

  • Seventy-four people nationally were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving on St Patricks Day.

     Over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend, 164 people were arrested for getting behind the wheel while impaired.

     Gardai say 11 of the arrests took place when people were pulled over the morning after a night out, between 8am and 11am.

  • Drivers should not rely on off-the-shelf breathalysers to detect alcohol the morning after a night out.

    That's according to DrinkAware, which has received a number of queries on the devices, in light of increased nationwide early morning roadside checks by Gardai.

    The organisation says that, while a personal breathalyser can be useful, the results shouldn't be taken as a clear indicator that someone is under the limit, and there's still a chance they'll be over the limit if stopped at a Garda checkpoint.

  • Gardai are appealing to road users to take extra care when using the roads this Bank Holiday weekend.

    Gardai say there will be an increase in the number of people using the roads with various events taking place and the start of the school holidays for secondary school students.

    A Bank Holiday Enforcement Campaign will be in place, with Garda resources deployed with the aim of increasing compliance among road users and improving overall road safety.

    There will again be particular emphasis on inappropriate speed, drink/drug driving, seatbelts and faulty tyres.

    Noel Kelly is the Regional Roads Policing Superintendent and has been telling Angelina Nugent that there will be additional checkpoints in operation this weekend.

  • Mayo Gardai are advising motorists that extra checkpoints will be in place across the county over the Easter weekend, as they clamp down on drink-driving, speeding and using mobile phones while driving.

    All road users are asked to exercise caution to ensure a safe weekend on roads.

    Inspector Dermot Butler of the Mayo Roads Policing Unit and told Midwest News that an additional 6 members - a sergeant and five Gardai -  were assigned to the Roads Policing Unit last week, and will be working out of Swinford.

  • Motorists can expect additional checkpoints across the Western region over this Easter weekend.

    That's the message from the Western Roads Traffic Unit, as they're appealing to all road users to take extra care this Bank Holiday weekend.

    Last Easter, two people were killed and 14 seriously injured over the Bank Holiday weekend, and Superintendent Noel Kelly of the Western Regional Traffic Unit is urging motorists to slow down, always wear seatbelts, don't use a mobile phone when driving,  and never drink and drive.

    Superintendent Kelly told Midwest News that drivers can expect to meet checkpoints, day or night, over the long weekend....