Legal proceedings have commenced against the driver of a 4×4 towing a trailer of straw.
Gardaí stopped the jeep and trailer combination in Offaly over the course of the weekend.
The vehicle was initially bought to a halt as there were no lights on the trailer; however, Gardaí made a further discovery.
4×4 towing a trailer of straw stopped
In a post on social media, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Laois/Offaly said: “Overnight Offaly Roads Policing Unit stopped this jeep pulling a trailer load of straw. No lights working on trailer.”
“No licence for towing a trailer. Jeep & trailer escorted off-road to a safe place. Proceedings commenced.”
Van towing horsebox
Meanwhile, Gardaí in Tipperary stopped a van towing a horsebox last week.
The vehicle was travelling from Cashel to Limerick when multiple road traffic-related offences were detected by Cahir Gardaí.
In a post on social media, An Garda Síochána Tipperary, said: “Cahir Gardai on patrol stopped this vehicle in Cashel travelling to Limerick. It was established the 3 occupants were not on an essential journey and the driver did not hold the correct driving licence for the vehicle-trailer.”
“Prosecution commenced for no driving licence and the driver and both passengers fined for breaching Covid regulations.”
Tractor driving facing prosecution
Meanwhile, in Kilkenny, a tractor driver is facing prosecution after Gardaí seized their vehicle and trailer last week.
Kilkenny Roads Policing Unit stopped the tractor and trailer combination on Tullaroan Road and detected multiple road traffic-related offences.
In a post on social media, Garda Síochána Kilkenny/Carlow, said: “As can be seen from the pictures, the tube was exposed through the tyre. The tractor hadn’t been taxed since 2017. Both tractor and trailer were seized, and prosecutions are to follow. Please ensure your vehicle is roadworthy #Arrivealive #Staysafe.”
Safety tips for drivers from An Garda Síochána
- Mobile phones: Making a call while driving will make you 5 times more likely to crash. Meanwhile, texting while driving will make you 23 times more likely to crash.
- Distance: Make sure you leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front to maintain a safe stopping distance.
- Take a break: Research suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related.
- Drink driving: The only safe advice is to NEVER EVER drink and drive.
- Lights are not just for night-time: Turning on your lights during the day prevents collisions, which reduces death and injuries on our roads. Road users who use their dipped headlights during the day improve their visibility on the road. Remember: Lights on to save lives.
- Buckle up: Click, clack front and back. Seatbelts save lives. Buckle up every time.