The Road Safety Authority is urging Commissioner Harris to ensure road safety remains a strategic priority within An Garda Síochána and to effectively resource road safety enforcement to save lives.
A high level presentation was given today, August 22, by Commissioner Harris about the future restructuring of An Garda Síochána.
While the RSA says it welcomes the promise that the new model will increase the number of frontline Gardaí and bring significant improvements to An Garda Síochána’s structures, processes and services, it remains very concerned for the roads policing function within the new structure and the implications for road safety.
It views the proposed restructuring as effectively downgrading of road safety within the policing function as its omits roads policing as one of the four key focus areas called out at an operational level however it has not been referenced within the new plan at all. The RSA states it firmly believes that roads policing should be given the same prioritisation as the four functional areas identified in the plan released today.
The RSA adds that it welcomes the comments from Commissioner Harris that the plan is not set in stone and that he will be seeking feedback from various parties on the merits of the initial proposal. Because of this, the RSA has sought an urgent meeting with Commissioner Harris on foot of these concerns.