ONE motorist was nabbed travelling 85kms over the speed limit on the Cork-Killarney road in the past week.
The motorist was travelling at 185k per hour in a 100km zone.
The incident was revealed by gardaí as a major operation to ensure public compliance with the travel restrictions introduced recently as part of COVID-19 public health guidelines.
Operation Fanacht has now been set up and will result in an extensive network of checkpoints across the country to ensure restrictions are adhered to between now and Monday next.
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey, said: "This significant policing operation is designed to support travel restrictions put in place to help flatten the curve and save lives.
There has been very good compliance with the travel restrictions and we want to thank the public for this. However, it is vital that this continues over the coming days and over the weekend. This will save lives."
He added: "In particular, we would ask people who are thinking of travelling to parks, natural beauty spots or holiday homes outside of the 2km limit not to do so. We are sending them a clear message that if they are stopped at a checkpoint they will be turned back.” The operation will also see Gardaí conduct high visibility patrols at major tourist locations, parks and natural beauty spots to ensure compliance with travel restrictions.
Deputy Twomey said: "Unfortunately, despite the reduced traffic levels, there are still people putting their lives and the lives of others at risk by speeding, drink and drug driving, and not wearing their seat belt.” John Caulfield, Interim CEO, Road Safety Authority (RSA) said: "While the roads will have less traffic than normal over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend it doesn’t mean that there is no danger on the roads.
People will be out exercising by going for a walk or cycle. So, I’m asking drivers to watch out for vulnerable road users and to slow down. Never has it been more important to practice good road safety habits because every crash and injury we prevent means we are putting less pressure on our first responders and health professions at a time of national crisis.”