Hanging ‘colourful garlands’ from mirror could land €2,000 fine
An Garda Síochána has warned against “a new common fad of hanging a colourful garland from the mirror that blocks the significant view of the road ahead”.
It reported that many of its road policing members throughout the country have cautioned drivers about this in recent months.
However, Gardaí claim that “this message is not getting through”, and its next step will involve issuing notices and fines to motorists.
According to Gardaí, this could result in:
- A Fixed Charge Notice;
- A summons under the Section 11 of the Construction and Use of vehicles, Road Traffic Act 1961;
- A penalty of €1,000 for the first offence and €2,000 for the second or subsequent offence.
Gardaí reminded drivers that modifications to vehicles that may impact on the safety of other road users are “illegal and unacceptable”.
Its main message is to “keep the view ahead clear” as it stressed that road visibility is “essential for safe motoring to keep all road users safe”.
In its appeal to the public, Gardaí acknowledged that several motorists hang a small air freshener or similar from their car mirror, and this “does not cause any issues”.
Gardaí arrest drink driver who failed to stop jeep
Meanwhile, Gardaí in Co Laois arrested a drunk driver for multiple offences over the weekend.
Initially, the driver, who was behind the wheel of a jeep, failed to stop for Gardaí, who were performing a checkpoint in the county on Sunday, April 10th, 2022.
Gardaí eventually arrested the motorist for intoxicated driving, and they were also found to be in possession of cocaine.
He was later charged with dangerous driving and is due before the courts.
Gardaí bring bogus power-washer seller to a halt
Gardaí in Co Kilkenny brought the driver of vehicle, who is reportedly, selling power-washers, to a halt earlier last week.
Unit C Kilkenny stumbled upon the non-Republic of Ireland reg Discovery while travelling the county on Friday (April 8th, 2022) morning.