Gardaí issued over 300 fines for non-essential travel over the weekend

By James Fenton

January 18, 2021 at 3:05pm

Gardaí issued over 300 fines for non-essential travel over the weekend

Gardaí have confirmed that over 300 people were fined over the weekend for breaching the 5km travel limit put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19.

The 5km limit is scheduled to remain in place until the end of January at the earliest and since a new fixed charge was introduced last Monday, Gardaí have fined over 400 people, with 300 of those being issued across the weekend.

Gardaí said that there while there is widespread compliance with Level 5 restrictions, Wicklow is an exception to this with cautions issued to over 200 motorists in the county on Saturday alone.

Last week, Gardaí revealed a number of reasons given from people undertaking non-essential travel, including one trio who drove 80km from Meath to Ringsend in Dublin "for a burger."

Current Government guidelines state that 'people are required to stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, and will be permitted to take exercise within 5km of home.'

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