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).
As part of the Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021, the Garda Traffic Corps has undergone an internal examination and evaluation of their roles and functions with a view to improving their service to the community and their contribution to Road Safety. As part of this work the Traffic Corps will in future be known as Roads Policing.
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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.
Roads Policing will now work closely with crime units to target known criminals and to disrupt their activities through strict enforcement of road traffic legislation.
The Roads Policing units have recently been prioritised with new vehicles such as 4X4 Jeeps for use on motorways. This deployment of the additional human resources and equipment is testimony of the commitment at the highest levels within An Garda Síochána to Road Safety and Roads Policing.
The newly selected members will be deployed throughout Dublin and the rest of the country, strengthening existing Roads Policing Units and in certain instances creating new units within Divisions.