Garda out in force for Easter road blitz

By Cormac Looney
Tuesday April 07 2009
Gardai will be out in force over the Easter weekend by using "super checkpoints" to test for drink driving.
Gardai warned that an extensive static vehicle checkpoint operation will be in place at strategic locations in Dublin over the Bank Holiday.
The major road safety operation will include 16 "heavily resourced" super checkpoints.
All checkpoints will operate mandatory alcohol testing as well as enforcement of all aspects of road traffic laws.
A garda spokesman said: "Road users should be advised that other garda enforcement activities will be undertaken throughout the region over the Bank Holiday weekend."
The operation comes as latest figures show that so far this year there has been just one road death in greater Dublin area compared to 10 in 2007 and 11 last year over the same period. It represents a 91pc decrease in road fatalities.
Gardai said the drop in road deaths represented a change in driver behaviour.
But, there was an increase in the numbers of people arrested on suspicion of drink/drug driving during the Easter period last year. A total of 69 people were arrested, a 41pc increase on 2007.
- Cormac Looney