Gardaí say they are happy with the significant decrease in arrests on the first night of the Donegal International Rally 2019.
Sixteen people were arrested overnight in Letterkenny this year – down from 30 on Friday night in 2018.
Thousands of visitors arrived in Letterkenny in recent days to follow the Donegal International Rally. But, as with every year, there have been a number of public order and dangerous driving incidents.
The arrests for Friday night were:
- 11 arrests for Public order offences
- 1 arrest for drink driving
- 1 arrest for dangerous driving
- 2 people were found in possession of illicit drugs
- 1 person was arrested and interviewed in relation to an assault to appear in Court
Six vehicles were also seized. The Roads Policing Unit are carrying out a high volume of checks on roads across the county this weekend. A zero-tolerance policy is in operation on dangerous driving as the authorities aim to “keep the race in its place”.
Gardaí are delighted with the outcome of their efforts on Friday night and have thanked the public for their co-operation.
In a Facebook post they said: “We are delighted to announce that the number of arrests overnight for road traffic offences was significantly lower than it has been over the past number of years on the first night of the Donegal International Rally.
“We want to thank everyone for taking the Road safety message on board.
“Everyone had a great day yesterday and we hope that the road safety message continues to be remembered by all for the remainder of the event!”
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