One Dublin man was jailed for breaching Covid travel restrictions as Gardai are set to punish rule breakers.
New regulations allow Gardai to fine people with spot fines of €100 who travel more than 5km from their home but refuse to comply with a direction to turn back.
Those found in breach of Level 5 safety regulations will be issued with a fixed charge penalty notice which they will have to pay within 28 days.
Gardaí say they will no longer consult with the Director of Public Prosecutions in these cases before issuing the fine.
And two people have even been put behind bars for breaking rules with one Dublin man receiving a 30-day stretch and another man from Leitrim banged up for two months.
In a statement, An Garda Síochána has said they’ve “been consistent in our graduated policing response to supporting Public Health Regulations and guidelines in line with our tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Garda members engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.
“From today, where breaches of the travel regulations are detected and a person does not comply with a direction of An Garda Síochána, a prosecution now can be commenced by means of a €100 Fixed Charge Notice. Where more appropriate, An Garda Síochána may seek a direction from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
Some of these penalties include:
• Co. Cavan, Male found in breach of travel restrictions without reasonable excuse, €150 fine
• Co. Kildare, Male found in breach of travel restrictions without reasonable excuse, €250 fine following an appeal
• Co. Sligo, 2 Males found in breach of travel restrictions without reasonable excuse, Both €300 fine
• Co Dublin, Male in breach of Covid Regulations directed to return home, observed still in breach of regulations at the same location 2 hours later, €350 fine
• Co. Tipperary, Male found in breach of travel restrictions without reasonable excuse, €400 fine
• Co. Dublin, Male found in breach of travel restrictions without reasonable excuse, 30 days imprisonment
• Co. Leitrim, Male found in Breach of travel restrictions without reasonable excuse, 2 months Imprisonment
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Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing and Security said: “An Garda Síochána continues to see significant compliance by the public with Public Health Regulations, however, we also continue to see some activity which is in contravention of these regulations introduced to stop the current spread of Covid-19 and protect our communities. I appeal to every person without a reasonable excuse for travel – Stay at Home, this is your duty as a citizen and will save lives and support our front line services, nurses, doctors, hospital staff and my Garda colleagues at this time.”
Source: Dublin News