Tuesday 21 October 2014

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

Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30

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

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