Driver with no insurance caught travelling 200km outside limit with no excuse

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Gardai in Kildare stopped a car on the M7 in Newbridge last night and discovered that the occupants had departed from the Cork area and had no proper excuse for their journey.

In a post online, they said: “Naas Roads Policing Unit stopped this car on the M7 in Newbridge last night. Occupants were discovered to be on a non-essential journey from the Cork area and Fixed Charge Notices were issued to both.

“The car was also seized as driver had no insurance.”

Over the weekend, An Garda Síochána continued to operate a significant number of static and mobile checkpoints, as well as conduct high visibility patrolling, as they focused on non-essential travel.

Earlier this week, new figures showed that Gardaí issued 29 Fixed Payment Notices (FPNs) to people so far this week for breaches of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

An Garda Síochána has also been operating high visibility patrols of key locations such as public amenities, scenic areas and parks.

The public is reminded that the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.10) Regulations 2020, as amended is currently in force. Regulation 4 states, inter alia, ‘an applicable person shall not leave his or her place of residence without reasonable excuse’. This is a Penal Regulation and is enforceable.

Members of the public are being encouraged to avail of exercise and get fresh air, but this must be done in accordance with Public Health Regulations which states that exercise can only be availed of ‘within a 5 kilometre radius of the person’s place of residence’.

If public amenities are crowded, public health advice is to avoid crowded areas.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, “Our health service is under pressure. Deaths from COVID-19 are rising. ICU admissions are increasing. The best way for people to protect and honour front-line workers is to stay at home. The best way for people to protect their loved ones, their neighbours, and their communities is to stay at home.”

“Please only make essential journeys. Exercise within 5km of your home. Minimise the amount of people you meet. Wear a face mask. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands. If you visit somewhere to exercise and it is crowded then leave. This will all help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives,” added Deputy Twomey.

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Source: Dublin News