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Armed gardai on M50 seize two cars and arrest one motorist

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Gardai at the checkpoint last night (Image via Independent.ie)
Gardai at the checkpoint last night (Image via Independent.ie)

TWO cars were seized and one person was arrested for drink driving as gardai aided by the Armed Support Unit established a checkpoint for the first time in years on the country's busiest road.

A mandatory alcohol testing checkpoint was set up on the M50 on Friday night at around 9.30pm.

It is the first time in recent years that a checkpoint has been set up on the road, which caters for in excess of 350,000 vehicles a day.

During the checkpoint 164 drivers were tested and one person was arrested.

Gardai also discovered five people driving with no tax on their cars.

Gridlock on the M50 has been a recurring complaint in recent months, but 9.30pm is not a peak time for traffic on the road.

The checkpoint was the latest in a crackdown on drink driving by gardai over the past number of weeks.

The number of arrests for driving under the influence spiked by a third in December, with 14 arrests on Christmas Day alone.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has said he is considering publicly naming and shaming drivers who are caught drink driving.

Lower alcohol limits will also be considered as the need for new tougher laws as the number of road deaths climbed to 187 in 2016.