Improving road safety and significantly reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injury on Irish roads is the main responsibility of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau (GNRPB).
Operational Traffic Corps Units based in each Garda division enforce the policies developed by GNRPB. The two key factors in policy formulation are prioritised enforcement (almost entirely a Garda function) and traffic management (shared responsibility along with other agencies).
The Garda Traffic Corps
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 709 Garda members as of July 2016.
Road Safety Unit
The Road Safety Unit's overall aim is the reduction of road deaths and serious injuries and the improvement of road safety generally.
The unit was established in 2001 and is based in the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau the community including:
- Schools and colleges
- Youth Clubs
- Senior Citizens
- Local organisations
- Industry groups
The unit’s presentation for secondary schools, It won’t happen to me, is included in the Transition Year syllabus. The unit also provides road safety information at major public exhibitions such as The Young Scientist Exhibition, Ideal Homes Exhibition, The National Ploughing Championships and a variety of car and motorcycle shows.
Contact the Road Safety Unit at: Road Safety Unit, An Garda Síochána, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 D08 HN3X. You can email the unit at Road_safety@garda.ie
The team on the Crimecall Programme deals with road safety topics on each monthly episode. The Unit welcomes suggestions regarding topics that should be covered or enquiries relating to Road Traffic legislation and Road Safety. The Unit can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The bureau was established in 1997 to formulate policy and oversee traffic policing throughout the state. It is headed by Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn and is based at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park.