Over 1,500 fines issued by Gardaí for non-essential travel in two weeks 1 month ago

Over 1,500 fines issued by Gardaí for non-essential travel in two weeks

Gardaí stressed that "you can’t travel more than 5km to a location to exercise".

Over 1,500 fines have been issued for non-essential travel in the past two weeks across the country, An Garda Síochána has revealed.

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As of Sunday evening (January 24), 909 fines had been processed for non-essential travel. In addition to the 909 fines for non-essential travel, approximately 645 fines are currently being processed.

An Garda Síochána has said that it is continuing its series of checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities across the country in support of public health regulations.

The public have also been reminded that they are only allowed to exercise within 5km of their home.

"The 5km limit includes the distance travelled from a person’s home to a location for exercise. In other words, you can’t travel more than 5km to a location to exercise," a statement from An Garda Síochána read.

"The public should also be aware that if a driver is found to be in breach of the non-essential travel regulations that not only can the driver be fined, but their adult passengers as well," the statement added.

"This is also the case for adults in groups undertaking activities such as cycling or walking – every adult in such a group can be fined."

In addition, An Garda Síochána reminded the public that travel to airports and ports should only be taken for essential reasons. Holidays abroad are not deemed essential.

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The reminder comes as Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan suggested that tougher sanctions on the 5km travel limit may be introduced, among other stricter travel restrictions in Ireland.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said: "The vast majority of people are complying with the non-essential travel regulations. We thank them for that.

"Unfortunately, there are still some people who are putting themselves, their loved ones and everyone they come into contact with at risk of getting Covid-19 by not complying with public health regulations.

"There are people dying and are seriously ill from Covid-19. Our health service and all who work in it are under serious pressure. People need to adhere to the public health regulations to help save lives and reduce that pressure.

"Please keep yourself and others safe by staying home. Only make essential journeys. Limit your contacts. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands.”

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