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Traffic – Christmas and New Year Enforcement Campaign

On this month’s Crimecal Garda Adrian Corcoran was in studio to provide information on the Christmas and New Year Enforcement Campaign. The campaign is operational from 1 December 2021 until 5 January 2022, focusing on drink and drug driving. 

Unfortunately, there is still a cohort of people who continue to flout the rules and have continued to drive while under the influence. Because of this Roads Policing Units will continue to conduct nationwide checkpoints throughout the Christmas period and into the New Year. 

Garda Corcoran appealed to people to plan ahead and use public transport or nominate a designated driver when travelling anywhere over the Christmas period. 

Garda Corcoran also offered viewers advice for driving in Severe Weather Conditions.

  • - He explained that during heavy rain visibility is greatly reduced so drivers should always use dipped headlights and allow adequate space between them and the vehicle in front. Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces visibility. So hold back to where you can see their mirrors.
  • - After heavy rain it can take some time for the rain water to drain away. Don’t drive through flooded roads, it could be deeper than you think and there could be debris under the water which could cause damage to your vehicle. Choose an alternative route.
  • - When driving in strong winds the stability of your vehicle may be affected. Trucks, buses and motorcycles are especially at risk. Take extra care on motorways and faster roads as cross winds can cause your vehicle to go off course. Reduce your speed and keep your distance from the vehicle in front.
  • - Scan the road ahead for debris and if you come across debris contact the Gardaí immediately. Falling power lines can often be live and should never be approached. 

Finally Garda Corcoran asked that people make sure larger items such as trampolines are secured or taken in doors during the winter months in case there are any high winds or stormy periods. He also asked farmers and owners of commercial properties to check buildings for damage to roofs which could be blown onto roads during further storms this winter.