SIXTEEN arrests and up to 20 vehicle seizures were made yesterday during a Garda day of action across West Cork.
Two multi-agency checkpoints were held outside Ballincollig and another between Halfway and Innishannon that resulted in a number of detections including a drug driving detection.
Two trucks which were seized for being dangerously defective.
Customs, Revenue, Road Safety Authority (RSA), Social Protection and An Garda Siochána were all involved in the checkpoints which also saw a man being arrested following a high-speed chase for dangerous driving.
Fifteen to 20 vehicles were seized for not having their Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT).
As well as these seizures, the Gardaí also carried out a day of action making 16 arrests from outstanding bench warrants, investigation of assaults, thefts and aggravated burglaries.
Superintendent Con Cadogan said following the success of the operation, they would be running another one soon.
“It is all about enhancing the safety of the roads and of our local communities. We are committed to protecting road users and residents of West Cork. If you are not hiding anything, you have nothing to fear from these checkpoints.” Supt Cadogan also said the operations were “very helpful” from an intelligence point of view.
Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) said the checkpoints were a huge success but defective tyres were a common fault.
“Roadworthiness issues around tyres were the main problem we noticed. The legal limit for threadbare tyres are 1.6mm, a brand new tyre will have 8mm.
“Recent research has shown that defective tyres were involved in one in 10 fatal crashes as a significant factor so that shows the importance of maintaining your tyres.” Mr Farrell also said they were looking out at the hours of truck drivers. “We were watching out for this as it is not good to have a tired driver behind several tonnes of metal.” Mr Farrell said the main message was the Gardaí are out there and active. "They are taking note of things and you need to be compliant with the law."