GARDAÍ have urged the public to avail of public transport options and the city’s Park and Ride system during the festive shopping season; the Christmas garda traffic management plan was launched for the city centre yesterday.
Gardaí in Cork have been joined by 23 probationer gardaí from the Garda College in Templemore who will assist with traffic and crime prevention duties in the coming weeks.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said: “The flow of traffic will increase in the city and I would ask that where possible, people avail of public transport and the park and ride facility we have here in Cork. Have a plan in place if you are going out socialising.”
Chief Supt McPolin said that the probationer gardaí will be deployed at key times that have been identified by the Garda Analysis Services.
He continued: “Our aim is to tackle theft from shop, public order incidents and to help the flow of traffic in the city. Over the next few weeks, we will have additional uniform and plain clothes patrols throughout the city to tackle theses incident. Members from our Roads Policing Unit will also be increasing checkpoints targeting drink and drug driving amongst other general road offences.”
Shoppers are being advised to take precautions to avoid themselves being targeted by criminals, especially when withdrawing money from cash machines and financial institutions. And people are advised not to let luggage and other valuable items visible in a parked car, or attached to the roof rack. Always lock the car.
Gardaí are asking motorists who drive into the city to keep junctions free, avoid illegal parking, not to block yellow boxes, keep bus lanes free and comply with the directions of gardaí and stewards at car parks when they are full.
A garda spokesman added: “Schedules, timetables and availability of public transport services and the park and ride facility can be accessed via the Cork City Council website.”