Serious assaults on Limerick traffic wardens raises need for bodycams

THE need for body cameras for traffic wardens in Limerick City was highlighted at this week’s Metropolitan District council meeting.

Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely proposed that the Council now re-examine the provision of body cameras for traffic wardens as a matter of urgency given the seriousness of recent incidents.

“There have been lots of incidents of assaults on traffic wardens. This is unacceptable and body cameras would act as a deterrent,” Cllr Kiely told the council executive.

“Recently the conversation on protection for the Gardaí involved the use of body cameras. Hopefully the same parameters to enable this to happen for traffic wardens will be met.”

Cllr Kiely went onto say that she hoped the issues to ensure the use of bodycams is airtight legally, can be solved.

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“I am hopeful it will happen so as I am aware it is being worked on since I first raised it,” she added.

In response, Director of Service Kieran Lehane said: “The use of personal protective equipment for local authority staff, including bodycams, is an operational matter that is kept under constant review by management having regard to Health and Safety requirements and situational assessments.”

Cllr Kiely was asked if she would like to reply.

“No response is my response. I’ll leave it at that.”