Saturday, April 11, 2020

COLLECTING old tyres and picking up a baby’s crib that was advertised online.

These are just some of the excuses given to Laois gardaí by motorists on the move, despite the coronavirus lockdown.

According to gardaí, a minority of drivers are still making long journeys in breach of the 2km restriction, which applies to non-essential travel.

Local gardaí have revealed some of the excuses they heard from drivers on the first day of Operation Fanacht, a major checkpoint operation that began on Wednesday 8 April to ensure compliance with travel restrictions.

According to the Laois RPU (roads policing unit), the most common excuse from drivers was that they were “just out for a spin”. A “good few” said they were bringing their children out for a drive. One motorist stopped in Laois was travelling from Dublin to collect old tyres, while another was driving from Clonmel to Dublin to buy a baby’s crib that was advertised online.


Checkpoint excuses – Laois gardaí on Covid-19 checkpoints as part of Operation Fanacht

See full story in Tuesday’s Laois Nationalist


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By Carmel Hayes
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