Kildare Gardai to monitor drivers over 4 days in major clampdown

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Kildare Gardai to monitor drivers over 4 days in major clampdown
13:54 Friday 18th of May 2018

Co Kildare Gardaí are getting set for a major  clampdown on driving offences with a planned operation spanning four days in total.

Gardai in stationary and mobile Marked and Unmarked cars will be monitoring drivers and issuing fines for using mobile phones, not wearing seat belts and speeding.

May 23 and 23

Next week - on Monday and Tuesday, Gardaí on mobile and stationary patrols across Co Kildare will be operating a specific campaign aimed to catch out motorists driving while on their mobiles.

Gardaí will also be targeting speeding.

May 29 and 30 

The following week - on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30, Gardaí will operate checkpoints on seat belts.

Fines and Penalty Points 

Dozens of fixed charge penalty notices issued within Co Kildare every month for people not wearing seatbelts, driving while using a mobile phone and speeding.

Roads Policing

Local Traffic Corps Gardai will be transferred into Roads Policing Units which will spearhead a renewed clampdown on motoring offences.

The Kildare Garda Division recently saw two Gardai and one Sergeant appoints to Roads Policing.

Four Gardai went to neighbouring Garda Divisons in Co Wicklow and Meath and three to Laois/Offaly.

More Gardaí will be appointed in October 2018 with further appointments in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey said the Roads Policing officers will play a very important role in making our roads and our communities safer and protecting road users from the risk of death and serious injury.

Commissioner Twomey also 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.”

"Last year was the safest year recorded on Irish roads and the challenge is to continue the hard work to ensure that the downward trend in road deaths and serious injuries continues,” he added.

He asked that each and every member work to become a champion of road safety in their policing division and to become experts in all areas of road safety and roads policing.

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