Gardaí are about to strengthen their efforts against non-essential travel in a bid to reduce high levels of traffic in Donegal.
Static and random checkpoints will be doubled from this Tuesday morning.
Gardaí are also planning more robust interviews at checkpoints to determine motorists’ reasons for travel.
Traffic levels across Donegal have remained high during the current Level Five lockdown, gardaí say, and the numbers of positive COVID 19 cases are also remaining “stubbornly high”.
“An Garda Síochána in Donegal are appealing to the public over the next number of weeks of level 5 restrictions to reduce non-essential travel and not leave their place of residence without reasonable excuse,” a statement said.
“We have been performing checkpoints and using the graduated response to members of the public travelling around the County, but commencing tomorrow morning across Donegal we will be redoubling our efforts with an extensive network of static and random checkpoints across the County.
“At these checkpoints Gardaí will be interviewing people as to why they have left their residence and unless it is to access an essential retail outlet or essential service or to work in said essential outlet or services, Gardaí will be requesting members of the public to come into compliance and return to their home.”