Seven people died on the roads so far this weekend. In the last couple of weeks there have been a number of deaths at different road-based events.
It is very tragic for everyone who has lost a friend or family member.
It is a mystery to me why illegal driving of various "recreational" kinds is allowed on public roads.
The moan by the failed test person is a distraction.
If an unaccompanied driver causes an accident the insurer will usually pay third party costs but not comprehensive/personal injury costs of the driver.
New driver side rear view mirrors that eliminate the blind spot are on the way.
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
Secrecy is for losers. For people who do not know how important the information really is.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan - Secrecy: The American Experience (1998)
The carnage on the roads continues.
One of the victims was on a motorway hard shoulder when he was hit by a truck. Now it may be that his car had broken down but it must be said that we have an extremely casual attitude to stopping on motorways.
According to the schematic in the OSI road atlas, the longest unbroken stretch of motorway in the country is the 26.3km between J18 and J21 (Westbound) on the M7. At motorway speed that takes just 13 minutes to complete. There's simply no excuse for stopping on the hard shoulder other than breakdown or emergency.
Given the lack of service stations, I am not surprised that many of the stopped appear to be having a whizz....the blokes aren't very discreet about it, let's put it that way.
National bike something day today. Watch out for those bikes!
Dolores Keane was caught drink-driving while banned for drink-driving and she gets away with a €300 fine and a 4 year ban to be served concurrently with her existing 3 year ban.
This is her third drink-drive ban.
Slap on the wrist for speeding down a cycle lane on a motorbike causing serious injury to a pedestrian.
It was hardly worth the garda effort to bring it to court.
There's something terribly wrong with a system that allows someone to drive for forty years despite failing the test 11 times.
The guards are running a speeding blitz today. On the Tullamore bypass earlier I spotted one of the speed camera vans driving towards me and the driver was using his mobile, seemingly to text.
So much for safety.
Mayo County Council is giving unwarranted credibility to the claims of aggressive drivers that it's not their fault if they overtake dangerously but that the blame lies with the driver they're overtaking.