On Wed, 9 Apr 2003, Paul Askins wrote:
> since the Gardai have already said that instances of speeding have
> come down by something like 70% since the introduction of the
> penalty points system, it seems unsound to say that speed is the
> sole cause of accidents on our roads.
it isnt the cause of any accidents, bad driving is.
But the only thing you'll see people being done for on the roads is
for going 5 or 10mph too fast on straight dual-carriageways.
not paying attention, cutting people up, on the mobile, not
indicating, sitting in the fast lane, pulling out in front of people
at junctions, losing control of your car on a left-hand bend and hence
wiping out a motorcyclist coming in oncoming direction¹ - who cares?
and NB my problem is not with the Gardai - they're told to go and
spend their time behind speed guns on dual-carriageways or on motorway
flyovers (i suspect they're not all happy with it) - its with the
politicians who order this.
> Whether any of this will make a difference to the whole "slow down
> boys" add campaign and to our insurance costs will be one to watch
> out for.
not a jot.
1. i have a specific case in mind here.
Paul Jakma Sys Admin Alphyra
paulj at alphyra.ie
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