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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Traffic wardens in one county fitted with wearable cameras for their own personal safety

Geraldine Gittens

Published 16/02/2016 | 09:39

The new uniforms have new state of the art personal CCTV cameras.
The new uniforms have new state of the art personal CCTV cameras.

Traffic wardens in Donegal have been fitted with wearable cameras for their own personal safety.

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The traffic wardens have been given new uniforms including new state of the art personal CCTV cameras.

John McLaughlin, Director of Roads & Transportation said: “this technology is widely used in other European countries including the UK, Donegal County Council is one of the first local authorities to introduce it here in Ireland”.

“These devices will not be operating on a continuous basis, however, if a traffic warden finds him or herself in a situation that could result in some form of confrontation they can advise the other person or persons that they are turning on the device to record proceedings.”

“Traffic wardens have been trained in using these devices and there are strict rules in place prohibiting the filming of children or minors.”

Research shows that when the personal CCTV cameras are in place they act as a deterrent and help de-escalate potential conflict situations, Mr McLaughlin said.

Traffic wardens in Donegal currently operate in Letterkenny, Buncrana, Ballybofey, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Bundoran. 

Mr McLaughlin is keen to point out that the Donegal County Council does not incentivise the issuing of tickets stating “the key performance indicator for Traffic Wardens is the number of vehicles logged on their patrols, not the number of parking tickets or fines issued”.

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