Traffic Fatalities up to 9am on 25th July 2014
|Total Year to Date:
2013 - Comparison: 104 (+3)
2014 - July fatalities to date: 14
Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the N80 Portlaoise to Carlow road, close to Arles, Co. Laois.
Gardaí are seeking the assistance of the public in relation to a black 1 Series BMW with English number plates which was involved in a collision with a patrol car on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 at Pallas, Ballyfin, Portlaoise.
The role of Garda Traffic
The main responsibility of Garda Traffic is to significantly reduce the incidence of fatal and serious injuries and improve road safety. An Garda Síochána's Traffic Mission Statement is to develop a national culture of safe road use.
The Garda National Traffic Bureau (GNTB) was established in 1997 to formulate policy and oversee traffic policing throughout the state. The Bureau is headed by Assistant Commissioner John Twomey and is based at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park.
Operational Traffic Corps Units based in each Garda Division enforce the policies developed by GNTB. The 2 key factors in policy formulation are:
- Prioritised enforcement
- Traffic management
Enforcement is almost entirely a Garda function while traffic management is a shared responsibility between An Garda Síochána and other agencies.
The Garda Traffic Corps is dedicated to the enforcement of road traffic legislation and also to assisting the free flow of traffic. The first Traffic Corps Unit was established in Dublin in 1953 and was extended nationwide in 1973. The current strength stands at 803 Garda members as of 1st February 2014.
Breakdown of Road Traffic Statistics are available by clicking on each of the following links:
Traffic Statistics for 2014
Previous Years Statistics
GNTB can be contacted at:
Garda National Traffic Bureau
Tel: +353 1 6661956/4
Fax: +353 1 6661958