16 arrests made for drink/drug driving and dangerous driving in Killarney over long weekend 2 weeks ago

16 arrests made for drink/drug driving and dangerous driving in Killarney over long weekend

A busy weekend for Gardaí in Kerry.

16 people were arrested in connection with incidents of dangerous driving or drink/drug-driving in the town of Killarney over the May Bank Holiday.

12 of the drivers were arrested while attending the Rally of the Lakes, an iconic annual motorsport event hosted by Killarney and District Motor Club.

Plainclothes Gardaí were deployed as part of a policing plan for the three-day event, and Gardaí say they were responsible for most of the arrests.

Checkpoints were also carried out by the Kerry Divisional Roads Policing Unit throughout the weekend and four further drivers were also arrested on suspicion of drink/drug-driving. Gardaí also seized at least five cars in connection with the arrests.

Speaking at Castleisland Garda Station on Tuesday, Roads Policing Inspector Tony Sugrue said: "We want to thank the many thousands of people who came to Killarney over the Bank Holiday Weekend and who listened to our message. 99% of people arrived in Killarney to enjoy themselves in a safe and respectful manner but unfortunately, others arrived with a different agenda."