Gar­daí launch road safety cam­paign over Christ­mas

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THE Garda Christ­mas and New Year Road Safety Cam­paign was launched re­cently and will be im­ple­mented in the Balt­in­glass Garda District as part of The Na­tional Roads Polic­ing Op­er­a­tion in De­cem­ber 2018 and Jan­uary 2019.

The main focus of the op­er­a­tion will be on driving while in­tox­i­cated while also fo­cussing on the key life­saver of­fences such as speed­ing, the use of hand-held mo­bile phones and the non wear­ing of seat­belts.

The Gar­dai in the Balt­in­glass Garda District which in­cludes the towns of Dunlavin, Bless­ing­ton, Ti­na­hely, Shil­le­lagh and Carnew will be mount­ing a num­ber of Manda­tory In­tox­i­ca­tion Check­points (MITS) ev­ery day from now un­til the New Year. These check­points al­low for Gar­dai to ran­domly test peo­ple for al­co­hol and drugs at check­points. The Check­points will be con­ducted through­out the day ‘The Gar­dai urge peo­ple to plan their night out and not to drink and drive. It is also im­por­tant for peo­ple to plan ap­pro­pri­ately for fol­low­ing morn­ing if in­tend­ing to drive as they may still have al­co­hol in their sys­tem. We wish ev­ery­one a safe Christ­mas on our roads,’ said Sgt Brian Fo­ley, Roads Polic­ing Unit, Balt­in­glass.

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