Monday 19 March 2018

Garda checkpoint criticised

THE GARDAÍ did themselves no public relations favours by stopping traffic coming back from Wexford's All-Ireland camogie win at a checkpoint, a local TD has told them.

Deputy Michael D'Arcy told the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on Monday that he was one of the many Wexford fans stopped at a checkpoint on the N11 on Sunday evening.

' It's not good PR,' said Deputy D'Arcy, adding that he accepted the need for checkpoints, but that there were 'times and places' for them.

Chief Superintendent John Roche said, under his instructions, the Gardaí in Co Wexford must conduct a minimum number of mandatory alcohol checkpoints each day. He pointed out that fatalities on the county's roads are already four times greater than what they were last year.

Chief Supt Roche did concede, however, that 'common sense' played a role in the mounting of checkpoints and maybe the N11 at that time wasn't the best idea due to the volume of match traffic.

However, the Chief Supt pointed out that they are 'roaming checkpoints' lasting a maximum of 15 minutes, so it's unlikely that the tailback mentioned by Deputy D'Arcy lasted too long.

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