18 Aug 2022

Arrests and fines for sulky' racers stopped in Portlaoise by Laois Gardaí on Covid-19 beat

Gardaí in Athy stopped five Dublin racers

Sulkie racers fined by Kildare gardai after attempted road race near Athy

Fines were issued to Dublin sulky racers in Athy found. Picture: An Garda Siochana

The Laois Offaly Kildare Garda Division was busy on the sulky racing front last weekend with fines handed out in Portlaoise and near Athy to racers breaking rules designed to save lives by stopping the spread of Covid-19.

Portlaoise Gardai stopped a group of males on the N77 Portlaoise to Abbeyleix Road on Sunday, January 25. They had travelled from Waterford, Cork and Limerick for a sulky race. 

Two were arrested for Road Traffic offences while twelve Fixed Charge Penalty notices issued.

Meanwhile, five men from Dublin who were attempting to race sulkies on a Kildare road not far from Laois were fined by local gardaí in recent days.

Community gardaí and detectives from Athy stopped the group on the N9 roadway. According to the gardaí, the men were well outside their 5km Covid-19 travel area, and were "attempting to race sulkies".

"This is not essential travel," said gardaí of both incidents.

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