MOTORISTS across the country experienced large tailbacks as Gardai continued Operation Fanacht.
Cops revealed they were ramping up checkpoints nationwide after Ireland moved to a Level 5 lockdown.
Heavy traffic jams were spotted on the Dublin to Belfast motorway at the Carrickdale roundabout where Gardai were quizzing motorists about their journeys.
Under Level 5 restrictions, people are not allowed to go further than 5km from their home expect for essential reasons.
There were also widespread delays in Cork with drivers at the N25 at Midleton being worse affected.
According to AA roadwatch, there is heavy traffic on the N25 westbound from Midleton through to J3 Cobh Cross.
There are also delays on the N71 in Innishannon both ways with traffic delays also being reported on the N22 eastbound towards Ovens.
Drivers also said it was slow approaching the Dunkettle Interchange southbound on the M8.
There will also be high visibility patrols to ensure people comply with regulations during Ireland’s six-week shutdown.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said yesterday: “There was very good compliance by the public with the travel restrictions when they were in place before.
““It is vital that we see that high level of compliance again this time. The public health advice is clear. This will help save lives.”
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He continued: “In particular, we would ask people to think about their journeys and not exercise or travel outside the 5km limit unless it meets the essential criteria.
“An Garda Siochana is continuing with our graduated response based on our tradition of policing by consent.
“This is a difficult time for everybody, but if we all work together we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our families, friends and neighbours.”