Van driver was well over speed limit on wet roads in Naas

Senan Hogan


Senan Hogan

Van driver was well over speed limit on wet roads in Naas

The van stopped for speeding on Sunday night

Naas Roads Policing detected 31 drivers on Sunday night and many were well over the speed limit.

A van was detected travelling at a speed of 96 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on wet and greasy roads.

An Fixed Charge Penalty Notice was issued to the driver.

Meanwhile, from this week, where breaches of the travel regulations are detected and a person does not comply with a direction of An Garda Síochána, a prosecution now can be commenced by means of a €100 Fixed Charge Notice. 

Gardaí may also seek a direction from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.10) Regulations 2020 in accordance with the Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act, 2020 are currently in force. 

Regulation 4 states ‘an applicable person shall not leave his or her place of residence without reasonable excuse’. This is a Penal Regulation and is enforceable.

Gardaí say they have been consistent in their graduated policing response to supporting Public Health Regulations and guidelines in line with their tradition of policing by consent with officers acting to first engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing and Security said, "An Garda Síochána continues to see significant compliance by the public with Public Health Regulations, however we also continue to see some activity which is in contravention of these regulations introduced to stop the current spread of Covid-19 and protect our communities. 

"I appeal to every person without a reasonable excuse for travel - Stay at Home, this is your duty as a citizen and will save lives and support our front line services, nurses, doctors, hospital staff and my Garda colleagues at this time.”

"The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in particular essential journeys, in order to continue to save lives."

More details on the fixed charge notice system can be found on the Garda website.