Tuesday 28 March 2017

Hard-shoulder parking; lights' risk; disrespect for the gardai

Only a small amount of cars pulled in on the hard shoulder are because of breakdowns according to a reader. Photo: Getty Images.
Only a small amount of cars pulled in on the hard shoulder are because of breakdowns according to a reader. Photo: Getty Images.

Readers raise a number of issues including motorists parking on the hard shoulder and driving with their foglights on unnecessarily.

Eddie,

As a driver of approx 40,000km to 50,000km a year, 40 years experience, I am contacting you about the number of vehicles pulled over on the hard shoulder. It is alarming.

I have no doubt only a tiny minority are there because of a breakdown. In places the hard shoulder is barely 2.5m wide.

Do these people not know the rules of the road? Each one is an accident waiting to happen. Please alert drivers to this highly dangerous practice.

Sean

Eddie,

I meet many cars with defective lights or unnecessary foglights as I walk. I have frequently pointed vigorously at the problem and have been thanked by some drivers. Others no doubt think I'm a nutter/ busybody.

What you think? If enough people pointed it could save lives.

Matt

Eddie,

Might I suggest mentioning the safety statistics that are available for rear-facing child car seats. They are deemed to be five times safer than forward facing.

In Sweden, by law, children must rear-face until they are five and in America, two. The EU (and Ireland therefore) seem to be lagging behind.

Odile

Eddie,

Some motorists simply don't care about rules, regulations, the law and common sense. Neither do they have common courtesy towards their fellow drivers.

A Garda motorcyclist identifying such behaviour would pull over the offending vehicle and point out the error of the driver's ways.

But now a garda is often faced with an argument from the driver ("Have you nothing better to be doing?"). Nowadays, these can be threatening, abusive and vicious.

I have seen fines' notices being torn up in front of the garda and thrown in their face. A percentage of people simply don't care about anybody else on the road except themselves.

Martin

Let us know what you think: ecunningham@independent.ie

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