Some people using back roads to flout coronavirus restrictions say Cork Gardaí

Some people using back roads to flout coronavirus restrictions say Cork Gardaí
Garda Lisa Hyde and Garda Deirdre Crowley on Covid-19 coronavirus travel restriction checkpoint duty on the N22 at Macroom. Co Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

IN what was traditionally one of the busiest weekends in West Cork, Gardai said that they were very happy with the level of compliance with the Covid-19 restrictions over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The May Bank Holiday weekend would normally see Kinsale packed to the gills with rugby enthusiasts for the Kinsale Sevens and holiday makers heading to the coast to enjoy the sunshine, but Gardaí said they did not have any issues with people straying from their 2km radius.

Despite this, the authorities did pull two drink drivers on back roads in early evening, well over the legal limit.

Speaking to The Echo, Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan said that the detections were made by Gardaí on patrols.

“We are watching the main roads and the back roads,” Chief Supt Cadogan said.

 "The main roads are generally being used by healthcare workers and food services staff, but those trying to evade the authorities are using the back roads and that is why we are watching them.” The Chief Superintendent also noted a high increase in people out walking and exercising and encouraged anyone out and about to wear high visibility clothing, such as a vest in order to be seen.

“There are a lot of people using back roads at the moment, both the drivers we caught for drink driving were on narrow back roads and people need to be careful.” Chief Supt Cadogan also said the Gardai had seen a 50% increase in domestic incidents since the start of the lockdown and he urged anyone who needs help to call.

“Don’t be afraid to call, 999 or your local Garda station, it will be dealt with in a professional manner and we will put you in contact with support agencies while the complaint is being dealt with.”

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