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Slow down day...again

  • 20-10-2021 11:41am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,844 ✭✭✭BronsonTB

    Slow down day tomorrow

    How about a 'Fix your lights' day!!!

    The amount with 1 working headlight, no lights on, no rear lights, no working brake lights, one tail light/brake light etc...

    How about targeting these drivers with zero tolerance & on the spot fines???

    I don't support a slow down day....I see speed checks everyday & all these drivers with bad lighting and nothing said to them! (They are safey issue every time they start there engines & it's ignored by all (accept NCT test on one day)

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  • Posts: 0 Rene Full Peacock

    For one day only it's not a revenue making exercise.

    "Gardaí have said they will target rural roads with speed checks, as almost four out of five road fatalities so far this year have occurred on routes where an 80km speed limit applies."

    Who'd have thought there'd be less fatalities on motorways and DCs?

  • Registered Users Posts: 73,152 ✭✭✭✭colm_mcm

    Don’t worry, it’ll be “don’t bother slowing down day” again tomorrow

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,506 ✭✭✭Interslice

    Lovely, I've a 3 hour drive on rural roads to do tomorrow.

  • Registered Users Posts: 389 ✭✭Vaccinated30

    Youre asked in a driving test to show where all fluids are to show you can do it.

    I think all full licenced drivers should have to take a refresher course/6 lessons before every renewal of their licence

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,538 ✭✭✭Leonard Hofstadter

    Isn't every day 'slow down day' (or a variation on that theme)?

  • Registered Users Posts: 431 ✭✭Jeremy Sproket

    I can see your reasoning behind targeting lights ... but mistakes can and do happen.

    I drive an old Nissan Micra. It's tough as boots and I can change the headlight in seconds. I always have spare rear lights and dipped bulbs in the glovebox.

    Other modern cars ... not as easy. Some require the bumper to be removed, torx screwdrivers etc. Even me, 148 cm tall and 47 kg slender as hell would struggle in some cars to get my hand in. You can't punish those people. Headlights can blow at any time and it would be very unfair to get points minutes after you get a blown bulb if enforcement was as strong as you propose.

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  • Posts: 2,799 ✭✭✭ Moises Delightful Preschool

    I agree with a lot of this, but the Germans are not any different. I have spent a lot of times in Germany over the last 20 years, and they have muppets like every where

  • Registered Users Posts: 729 ✭✭✭SupplyandDemandZone

    Bulbs can go at any time and aren't the drivers fault, speeding is. Massive difference.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,355 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    Apparently there is a high proportion of accidents on 80kph roads so the Slow Down Day is trying to get through to the people who drive on them which can't be a bad thing.

    One thing I notice when driving on these roads is the number of drivers who seem incapable of staying on their own side of the road even when going around bends.

    If you are driving around a blind bend with the o/s front wheel cocked out over the middle of the road you only need to meet someone of similar mindset coming the other way for disaster to ensue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,888 ✭✭✭mikeecho

    (you're) damned if you do and damned if you don't

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,844 ✭✭✭BronsonTB

    Just to remind folks, it's the law to have 2 working headlights & taillights at all times.

    Of course bulbs go, but they must be replaced as soon as possible & alot don't bother until they have a test coming up. If you check them everytime you start a journey, you'll know pretty quick if they've gone.

    If they are hard to replace, go to the garage & get them replaced, pure laziness & should be punished with fines only, not points for it.

    I see the same cars with blown lights everyday, they are too lazy to replace & I'd like to see more enforcement over this rather than a one day 'slow down day'.

    Every f***** day is s 'slow down day', it's the law...

    @Mikeecho - Nope if you keep lights working, you're not damned at all, only if you don't!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,844 ✭✭✭BronsonTB

    BTB - Be grateful if you hit the 'Thanks' button on any of my reply posts, Thank you. - 3rd & 4th Aug '24

  • Registered Users Posts: 221 ✭✭robbiew

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,879 ✭✭✭highdef

    Better that speeding drivers are caught for it whatever road they may be on, rural, local, regional, national or motorway. Just because Gardai said that the focus is on rural roads today doesn't make it the case that drivers using all non-rural roads can expect no checks at all and think it's a free for all for whatever speed over the limit they may choose to drive at.

    It stinks that you are unhappy that drivers who either choose to break the law by driving over the limit or else drive over the limit due to lack of observation and extremely basic driving skills are being punished for it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,083 ✭✭✭Allinall

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,403 ✭✭✭The J Stands for Jay

    You've a 3 hour and 5 minutes drive to do then.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 946 ✭✭✭iColdFusion

    When is it national fix the crappy roads day?

    I don't even mean potholes which are bad enough but some roads are all over the shop with cambers, humps, bumps, crap visibility junctions, un-cut ditches and worst of all flooding and standing water, surely all that all has an effect on accidents? But of course that would require effort and cost money instead of bringing it in.

    If they wiped out all the hedges and ran fields up to the road like you see on the continent we'd have much safer roads but that's an environmental no go.

    A national remove the junkies from the streets day wouldn't be bad either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,844 ✭✭✭BronsonTB

    Yes but they do the N roads everyday!! Today was to be about the rural roads, so they said themselves!

    Even see one is for the M4!!!

    Just looking for headlines, zero respect to them...

    @Highdef -They have limited resorces as it when they are going to do something like this, they should do so, where people can be confidend they are trying to catch & imporve driving on rural roads, it's one f****** day for rural roads & they can't get that right...(I'm not excusing anyone/anywhere for speeding!!)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,083 ✭✭✭Allinall

    They never said they wouldn't be doing main roads.

    Did you think speed limits wouldn't apply today on them?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,844 ✭✭✭BronsonTB

    Of course not!! Today was suppose to be about 'rural' roads & catching drivers speeding on them accourding to thier own publicity....but reality it's not, it's everyroad so why the hell even mention rural roads in the publicity in the first place!!!!

    They should have just said it's a slow down day with speed checks everywhere!

    If they are on the N roads then there is less of them to be on rural roads.....

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,083 ✭✭✭Allinall

    From the RSA

    While An Garda Síochána will be focusing its enforcement activity across all speed limit zones, there will be a focus on rural roads. This is because almost 4 out of 5 (78%)* fatalities to date this year have occurred on rural roads. These are roads with a speed limit of 80km/h or above.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,879 ✭✭✭highdef

    I actually can't believe you're so annoyed that drivers are being done for speeding on non-rural roads today. They are also doing speed checks on rural roads today in addition to the regular non-rural road speed checks as they normally put little focus on rural roads.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,844 ✭✭✭BronsonTB

    No I'm not, I'm annoyed that they are not actively targeting as much of the rural roads as they possibly can today, based on their limited resources.

    They are targeting ALL roads so it/'s just the same as every other day!!

    Will have to agree to disagree with you on this one.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,879 ✭✭✭highdef

    But today they are putting focus on rural roads, normally they do not have much if any focus on rural roads. It would be completely wrong if they put all resources on L and R roads today and little or nothing on N and M roads.

    Normally they target mainly R, N and M roads but today they are targeting ALL road types which is actually NOT the same as every other day.

  • They do but in my experience they're not as mad as here with their only intention is to speed to get there asap. In the more built up areas they don't speed as much either, probably due to more fixed speed traps.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,888 ✭✭✭mikeecho

    Nah.. I couldn't even be bothered with the yearly CPC class.

    Being an old bàstard I've got grandfather rights ..... I'll get around to it at some stage.. when I actually need to.