Gardaí to step up checkpoints over long weekend

Gardaí to step up checkpoints over long weekend
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INCREASED Garda patrols and checkpoints will be in force over the October bank holiday weekend as jazz revealers are set to flood the city.

Motorists are being urged not to drive under the influence of an intoxicant and to be mindful of speeding.

Off-peak hours, between 10pm and 6am are being targeted by the Gardaí as recent studies have shown that 75% of fatalities during this timeframe were found to return positive toxicology results for alcohol. Speaking at yesterday’s media briefing, Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary said: “This bank holiday weekend, we want to keep people safe on our roads. Gardaí will be out in force with high-visibility patrols and checkpoints, and we would be appealing to people not to drive under the influence of an intoxicant or in excess of the speed limit.

“Our enforcement activity this weekend will be data-driven and is based on research. We are working closely with our partners in the RSA to ensure people are safe.”

Gardaí are reminding motorists to slow down, allow adequate time for their journey and to be mindful of the prevailing weather conditions.

“Always ensure drivers and passengers, both front and rear, wear their seatbelts,” the advice states. “Never ever drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and never use a mobile phone while driving.”

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