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Gardai appeal to drivers to slow down when approaching checkpoints

Gardai are calling on motorists to reduce their speed when approaching checkpoints.

As part of Level 5 restrictions, Gardai have checkpoints around the county to ensure that people are not making unnecessary journeys outside of 5km from their homes.

By reducing speed and following signals, motorists can, Gardai say, minimise delays at these checkpoints – particularly those set up on motorways.

Gardai say: “The performance of Garda checkpoints as part of Operation Fanacht has been an essential part of Ireland’s response to reducing the spread of COVID-19 within our communities.

“As the number of people infected has increased, these checkpoints have become even more important in ensuring the safety of us all.

“An Garda Síochána would like to thank all of those who have listened to the safety messages and have eliminated unnecessary travel.

“For those who must make essential journeys, we are asking them to be mindful that there is a good possibility they will have to go through a checkpoint during the course of their journey.

“These checkpoints are in operation on main routes and motorways.

“In order to ensure the effective performance of these checkpoints we are asking everyone to think safety as they approach a checkpoint.

“This means: Reducing your speed on approach to the checkpoint; ensuring that you move into the correct lane for your vehicle as early as possible; obeying all road signs on the lead up to the checkpoint; and preparing to come to a complete stop safely when signalled to do so.

“In particular, Gardaí are urging drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to reduce speed when approaching checkpoints and prepare to stop.

“Following these simple guidelines will ensure Garda checkpoints can be conducted safely and will reduce delays.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.