Checkpoints will take place this weekend across the Shannonside/Northern Sound region

There will be increased checkpoints on roads across the Shannonside Northern Sound region this bank holiday weekend.

Four people were killed and seriously injured over St Patrick’s weekend in 2018.

Figures released from the Gardai also show that there has been a 17% increase in the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs in the first two months of 2019.

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Inspector Padraig Jones from the Roscommon Longford Garda division says their aim is to change attitudes to drink and drug driving.