Excuses given at checkpoints as Gardai chase down lockdown travel rulebreakers

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Gardai have made it clear that there are plenty of people being caught red handed without a valid excuse at Covid checkpoints around the country.

Operation Fanacht was set up to stop people from breaking the 5km barrier currently in place under Lockdown Level 5 3.0.

But despite being urged to stay at home unless travelling for essential reasons, some people are still refusing to listen.

Here’s a look at some bad excuses and rule breakers at Covid-19 checkpoints:

Drunk driver meant to be isolating

Back in November Gardai arrested a drunk driver who was supposed to be self isolating after they gave a ludicrous reason for being out.

The driver was stopped at a checkpoint in Clane this week by the Road Policing unit in Naas who discovered that the motorist should have been self isolating.

And upon quizzing why the person was out and about they found that the driver was not only over the limit but gave the ridiculous excuse that they ‘ran out of wine’ and went out to purchase more instead of isolating.

Uninsured driver caught at Covid checkpoint

This week Gardai in Longford stopped a motorist at a Covid checkpoint only to discover that the driver was uninsured and tax on the car had expired.

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The car was swiftly impounded and court proceedings will follow.

Driver refuses breath test after visiting friends house

Kerry Gardai stopped this driver at a Covid checkpoint and after speaking to the driver asked that they do a breath test.

The driver refused and told Gardai they had visited a friends house, which was outside of the 5km limit, the night before for drinks.

Group of five break travel restrictions

This group of five people were stopped by Gardai in Naas all of whom were travelling outside their 5km.

Upon inspection not one of them was an essential worker meanwhile the car was seized by Gardai for having no insurance.

Disqualified driver

Naas Gardai once again stopped a driver at a Covid checkpoint ony to find that this one shouldn’t be on the roads at all.

The driver was found to have received 12 penalty points and had been disqualified from driving.

Source: Dublin News