Car journeys have increased by as much as 18pc on some roads during April, indicating that more people are resisting the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
An analysis of information from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) by the Irish Independent shows traffic census points all over the country have seen volumes of private car journeys creep up as April went on.
Data from TII, which monitors traffic volumes at 350 locations across the country, is recorded on a constant live basis and is broken down into vehicle type and direction of travel.
While there was a massive drop in traffic volumes when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the lockdown measures on March 27, the numbers of cars on the country's roads have been creeping up as time has moved on.
Based on the TII data on the volume of private cars on sample roads each Thursday in April, the Irish Independent found that, between April 2 and April 23, the largest increases in traffic volumes were seen in Dublin.
On the N81 between Tallaght and the M50, the numbers jumped 18pc from 4,342 to 5,134.
Meanwhile on the M50, between Junction 6 and 7 near Castleknock, the numbers rose 15pc from 28,659 to 32,910.
There was also a similar increase in car volumes on Brewery Road in Leopardstown, with a jump from 3,668 to 4,224.
In the Santry/Whitehall area, the increase from 11,130 to 12,245 represented a 10pc rise in car numbers.
The number of drivers taking to the roads despite the lockdown restrictions also rose outside the capital.
In Cork, the section between the Jack Lynch Tunnel and Mahon Junction on the South Ring Road saw car volumes grow from 18,351 to 20,624, a rise of 12pc.
In Galway, between the N84 and the N83 at Bóthar na dTreabh, there was a 9pc increase in car volume from 7,851 on April 2 to 8,580 on April 23.
The numbers, when combined with figures which show an increase in passenger numbers on Dublin Bus, and an increase in seismic data from the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, feed into the perception that people are relaxing their attitudes to the 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' advice from the Government.
According to TII, private cars represent approximately 80pc to 90pc of all traffic at normal times.
"The reduction in private car traffic since the restrictions is very similar to trends for general traffic, namely a reduction in the order of 65-75pc compared to 2019 figures," said a TII spokesman.
"Prior to the March 27 restrictions, the reduction in general traffic volumes was of the order of 40pc on weekdays.
"In the week following the announcement of restrictions on Friday, March 27, there was a reduction in traffic volumes across the network of the order of 65-70pc.
"Traffic reductions at the weekends are even greater with reductions of up to 87pc observed on Sunday, April 12.
"There was a brief 'bounce back' in private car traffic volumes on Tuesday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 8.
"Following media coverage, public awareness, and increased enforcement by An Garda Síochána, this subsided in the following days," he added.
Under the lockdown measures, people must stay within 2km of their home and only travel to buy groceries, medicine or for care reasons.