Garda checkpoints in Ireland: Officers target two specific vehicles at a popular tourist site in a multi-checkpoint operation


Gardai targeted two specific vehicles during a weekend enforcement operation at one of Ireland’s most popular tourist spots.

Officers attached to a unit in Wexford stationed themselves at the White Mountain site after reports were made of quads, jammers and illegally parked cars causing obstructions.

This could be especially dangerous for emergency vehicles.

A Garda statement read: “Gardaí of New Ross carried out a number of checkpoints at White Mountain this morning.

“Gardaí was responding to reports of an increase in the use of quads and scramblers in the area. Gardaí also patrolled areas where cars were parked, causing obstruction for residents and potentially restricting access for emergency services.

“If you are visiting scenic areas, please park responsibly and be sure to remove all valuables”

In 2021 Dublin gardai were given additional powers to seize ‘intimidating’ scramblers and quads on the spot after 62 people were injured on the vehicles in 2020.

A warning side to White Mountain

The move came after Fianna Fail TDs campaigned for tougher scrambler bike laws.

And they are now applied.

New legislation has been put in place to empower An Garda Siochana to help combat the anti-social use of scrambler bikes, quad bikes and similar off-road machinery in spaces such as public parks, green spaces, vacant lots and beaches. .

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