'Stay in your own area': Hundreds fined in Wicklow mountains after lockdown breach

Gardaí operating checkpoints in the county gave cautions to over two hundred other drivers who agreed to turn back
'Stay in your own area': Hundreds fined in Wicklow mountains after lockdown breach

Hundreds of fines have been issued this weekend as people traveled outside their 5km limit. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Over a hundred people have been handed on-the-spot fines for breaking lockdown travel rules in Co Wicklow this weekend.

It is close to triple the number of fines issued nationwide up to Thursday.

The scenic mountains have been a popular destination for walkers during previous lockdowns. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The scenic mountains have been a popular destination for walkers during previous lockdowns. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí received new powers last Monday to issue an on-the-spot fine of €100 to anyone found breaking the travel restrictions under the Public Health Act.

37 people were issued with tickets up to Thursday, including several for alleged offences last weekend.

But yesterday, well over a hundred more people were ticketed just in Co Wicklow alone.

And Gardaí operating checkpoints in the county gave cautions to over two hundred other drivers who agreed to turn back and go home.

Fine Gael Cllr Irene Winters said people need to stay in their own areas to break the transmission of the virus. She has appeared to people not to visit the mountains. 

"You don't want to get it from a stranger and you don't want to give it to a stranger. 

"Stay in your own area, break the transmission. And that's what people need to do.

"Now in Co Wicklow, we would love for people to come and visit and we welcome visitors all year but not at the moment.

"Come back in the summer when there are no travel restrictions. In the meantime, Wicklow and everybody should be staying in their own 5km. 

This weekend saw a hundred people fined for travelling to the Wicklow mountains and breaking lockdown travel restrictions. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

This weekend saw a hundred people fined for travelling to the Wicklow mountains and breaking lockdown travel restrictions. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

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