Co Kildare Gardaí are getting set for a major clampdown on driving while using mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts and speeding,within days.
On Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22, Gardaí in the county will be operating a specific campaign aimed to catch out motorists driving while on their mobiles.
Gardaí will also be targeting speeding.
On Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, ,May 30, Gardaí will operate checkpoints on seat-belts.
Nationally this year, 475 fixed charge penalty notices have been issued for people not wearing seatbelts.
There are 1,705 people around the country who have been issued with fixed charge penalty notices for driving while using a mobile phone.
7,960 fixed charge penalty notices have been issued for speeding.
Meanwhile, the first 87 new Garda members have completed their induction training and have been appointed to Roads Policing units throughout the country. An additional 63 appointments will be made in October 2018 (total 150 in 2018).
There will be further appointments in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Members currently attached to Traffic Corps will be automatically induced into the Roads Policing Unit.
Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey recently addressed the newly appointed members on completion of their Roads Policing induction course in Nenagh when he congratulated them on being selected to work full time in Roads Policing.
Commissioner Twomey said that this must be done "with the support of the community and encouraged members to be utterly professional in their work, to be balanced in their actions and be both reasonable and proportionate in the execution of their duties.”
A key element of the work of the new Roads Policing Unit will be to deny criminals the use of the roads network. In addition to focusing on the lifesaver offenses of speeding, seatbelts, mobile phones and driving under the influence, there will be a significant focus on crime prevention and crime detection.
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