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These gardai need to cop on

THE Garda authorities were today trying to identify the officers involved in this photo.

An internal garda investigation was attempting to ascertain when the footage was filmed and if it is genuine.

It apparently shows four officers in garda search team uniform leaning out of a patrol car's windows.

The phenomenon, known as "car surfing", is a dangerous activity and would lead to prosecution if regular drivers were caught by traffic gardai.

The officers - two of whom look to be female - appear to be enjoying themselves, but chiefs will not be happy with their antics if they are identified.

The authorities will know from the car's registration to what station or unit the vehicle was assigned.

The photo has sparked outrage among social network users and callers to Joe Duffy's 'Liveline' programme.

They can be seen with their upper bodies hanging out of the windows of the moving squad car.

Hazard

The 05 vehicle seemingly has its hazard lights on.

Investigators will be able to check the car's logbook to see who was driving the car and who was their "observer" and passengers.

There were some suggestions the picture is a fake.

Users questioned how the driver could be driving the car while 'surfing' at the same time.

The Garda Press office has confirmed that an investigation into the shocking picture is continuing.

A Garda spokesperson said: "We are aware of the image circulating on social media sites and we are enquiring into all the circumstances of the photograph."

If the image is deemed real, the officers involved are sure to face serious disciplinary action.

The 'surfing' activity was condemned by the Road Safety Authority as "breathtakingly stupid".

And 'Liveline' was flooded with callers demanding action if the photograph is found to be authentic.

One caller told Joe Duffy: "These people need to be dealt with very seriously as this is the thing the National Roads Authority is talking about.

"If the gardai saw young lads doing this they would have them up before the courts. You need to be lead by example."


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