Garda: A num­ber of sus­pected drug driv­ers were stopped as part of ‘high vis­i­bil­ity’ polic­ing yes­ter­day:

The Irish Times - - Front Page - TIM O’BRIEN and SARAH BURNS

Gar­daí stopped a num­ber of su­pected drug driv­ers, speed­ing mo­torists and a van with too many dogs as part of “high vis­i­bil­ity” polic­ing yes­ter­day .

Ad­di­tional Garda check­points and pa­trols are be­ing rolled out na­tion­wide this week­end to help pre­vent the spread of Covid-19 in the com­mu­nity.

A high vis­i­bil­ity polic­ing plan which is focused on sup­port for the vul­ner­a­ble and crime pre­ven­tion took ef­fect from 7am yes­ter­day and runs un­til mid­night to­mor­row.

The mea­sure is in ad­di­tion to the work be­ing done un­der Op­er­a­tion Fanacht and Op­er­a­tion Nav­i­ga­tion.

Un­der Op­er­a­tion Fanacht, large-scale check­points on na­tional roads are tak­ing place in a bid to re­duce un­nec­es­sary jour­neys.

Un­der Op­er­a­tion Nav­i­ga­tion, mem­bers of the force con­duct spot checks at li­censed premises to see if Covid-19 guide­lines are be­ing fol­lowed.

The un­usu­ally high level of Garda ac­tiv­ity was well pub­li­cised but did not pre­vent Dun­dalk roads polic­ing unit from de­tect­ing a mo­torist trav­el­ling at 160km/h when they were con­duct­ing a check­point.

The driver was stopped and a road­side check proved pos­i­tive for cannabis and co­caine. The Garda said pro­ceed­ings would fol­low.

Wick­low roads polic­ing unit also ob­served a num­ber of mo­torists speed­ing near check­points in the New­town­moun­tkennedy area.

Gar­daí said all ve­hi­cles were de­tected driv­ing in ex­cess of the speed limit and driv­ers were is­sued fixed charge penalty no­tices.

The Dublin west roads polic­ing unit stopped a car on the N4 at Lif­fey Val­ley af­ter the driver was ob­served us­ing a mo­bile phone while driv­ing. Gar­daí also found the car was unin­sured. The mo­torist was is­sued with a fine and the car was seized.

Mir­rors

In Co Kil­dare, gar­daí from Naas were per­form­ing a check­point as part of Op­er­a­tion Fanacht when they stopped a van.

It was found to be unin­sured, had no tax, no road wor­thi­ness cer­tifi­cate and no wing mir­rors. The driver also tested pos­i­tive for cannabis. The driver was ar­rested and the van was seized.

Water­ford gar­daí were con­duct­ing a check­point as part of Op­er­a­tion Fanacht when they stopped a car in which nine dogs were found in cramped con­di­tions. The car and dogs were seized and the driver was ar­rested. The dogs are now in the care of the WSPCA.

This week­end’s polic­ing plan will also see gar­daí con­tinue to work with in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity groups, statu­tory agen­cies, char­i­ties and lo­cal businesses to pro­vide ser­vices to as­sist and pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble.

Mem­bers are en­gag­ing with peo­ple to en­sure com­pli­ance with pub­lic health guide­lines and reg­u­la­tions through the “four Es” ap­proach of en­gage, ed­u­cate, en­cour­age, and only where pro­vided for and as a last re­sort, en­force.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of polic­ing and se­cu­rity John Twomey said if peo­ple needed as­sis­tance they should con­tact their lo­cal Garda sta­tion.

“Since the start of the pan­demic, Garda mem­bers through­out the coun­try have be­ing help­ing the vul­ner­a­ble and those who feel iso­lated,” he said.

“This in­volved sim­ple, but im­por­tant tasks such as col­lect­ing their pre­scrip­tion, de­liv­er­ing their pen­sion, or even so­cially dis­tanced con­tact. If peo­ple need such as­sis­tance or know some­one who does, please con­tact your lo­cal Garda sta­tion. We are here to help.”

PHO­TO­GRAPH: COLIN KEE­GAN/ COLLINS

Long tail­backs as gar­daí con­duct a Covid-19 check­point on the N7 at Blackchurc­h on the out­skirts of Dublin yes­ter­day.

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