Local Gardai have held numerous Garda checkpoints in the area of Thurles in the hopes of lowering the risk of drink driving.
During the weekend Gardai were stationed on 5 roads leading into the town between 12.30am and 2.30am, when drink driving is at highest point.
In total Gardai in Thurles investigated 149 vehicles which passed through the checkpoint, issued 102 drivers with breath tests, resulting numbers only led to one arrest for the offence of drinking and driving over the regulated limit. Similar checkpoints were carried out in Waterford on the same night, with an additional 612 drivers being breath tested, there was only one other arrest made.
The high visibility checks are understood to have been set up as part of a Garda operation called “Operation Surround”, where Gardai have begun to issue Mandatory Alcohol Testing (MAT) which will target drink driving particularly at the weekends.
Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan, Regional Comissioner for South Eastern region stated “we want to make sure that drivers take personal responsibility for their actions and these checkpoints will ensure that compliant motorists are not put at risk by individuals who refuse to comply with drink driving legislation.”