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Garda say drivers can speed up Covid-19 checkpoints by slowing down

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Garda appeal for drivers to slow down at checkpoints

Garda checkpoint in Portlaoise on the first weekend of the lockdown 1

Gardai are urging drivers to slow down as they approach checkpoints during the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions.

The call comes as Gardai perform more checkpoints as part of Operation Fanacht which is running in parallel with Level 5.

In a statement released today, Gardai said: "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."

Gardaí say 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.
- 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.

A statement said that by following these simple guidelines will mean Garda checkpoints can be conducted safely and will reduce delays.