Saturday 19 August 2017

'Why we should put NCT people on the roads to check cars and drivers'

Maybe the NCT people should be on the roads to check vehicles?
Maybe the NCT people should be on the roads to check vehicles?

WE'VE had a lot of reaction to last week's letter from a retired garda saying that fear is the only way to reduce carnage on our roads.

Here are just three examples:

Eddie,

While I respect the retired garda's comments (last week), I feel it is not fear that gives us good driving, but training and awareness. I am 55 and drive a car, motorcycle and campervan on a regular basis.

I see a lot of stupid mistakes and risk taking. I find myself spending a lot of time looking at my speedometer.

I see a lot of one-headlamp cars on the road.

The solution here is for realistic speed limits and garda checkpoints for lights and tyres.

Clearly the NCT is a joke, putting cars off the road for minor faults such as no stamp on window glass.

Maybe the NCT people should be on the roads to check vehicles?

- Gerry Leigh

 

Eddie,

It is easy to say we must strike fear into motorists (last week's Tell Eddie) but I would argue what we need is respect.

And there is little enough of that about. Respect for our own lives, our families, other road users. That is a cultural thing as much as anything else.

And, realistically, how can we man the roads with gardai 24/7? It just would not be feasible in the long term. I agree with the retired garda that we need to do something because the lack of visibility of gardai will encourage the reckless, lazy and careless.

- William, Kerry

 

Eddie,

I agree with the retired garda.

An iron-fist approach would save many lives and let the rest of us drive in peace.

- John, Galway

Irish Independent

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