Traffic Blues - Wikipedia

Traffic Blues

Traffic Blues was a documentary series broadcast on RTÉ One. It followed various traffic officers from the Garda Síochána.[1]

Traffic Blues
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GenreMotoring, Police
Directed byPhilip McGovern
Narrated bySteve Wall
ComposerJohn Walsh
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
ProducersPhilip McGovern
Jane Kelly
Running time30 minutes
Production companyBig Mountain
Original networkRTÉ One
Original release31 May 2009 (2009-05-31) –
11 July 2011 (2011-07-11)
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The first series followed the Garda Traffic Corps in a six-part series. The series was filmed over six months, putting the Dublin Metropolitan division based in Dublin Castle, the Louth division taking in stations in Drogheda and Dundalk and the Donegal division focusing on Burnfoot and Letterkenny areas in the centre of attention.[2]

It was similar in format to the British programmes Traffic Cops or Road Wars. Six episodes were made for the series, which aired on Sundays at 20:30.[1]

Series twoEdit

A second series of Traffic Blues returned on 3 July 2011 on RTÉ One. It featured numerous traffic offences such as a speeding Audi A4 on Dublin's M50 and vehicle's seizures on the Naas dual-carriageway. It also featured a drunk driver in County Cork as well as a high speed pursuit involving a Ford Mondeo. The main differences between Series One and Series Two are a change in music used and footage from Cork and the N7 in Kildare.


After the broadcast of the programme on 21 June 2009, concerns were raised when members of the force had stopped a school bus on the M4 motorway. The bus had a broken seat belt, there were unrestrained children and a worn tyre. Following the programme the National Parents Council, asked for supervisors to accompany children on buses.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "IFTN Press Release". Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  2. ^ "RTÉ Traffic Blues". RTÉ. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  3. ^ Phelan, Andrew (25 June 2009). "School bus crash fear as RTÉ expose tyre danger". Evening Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2009.

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