Good start to training for a life on the road
Published 11/04/2011 | 07:21
MORE legislation on road safety is expected shortly. It will be tough, but no tougher than the norm in many countries with better records than Ireland. Here, as daily observation tells us all, dismal standards and shocking practices still often prevail.
For all the good work of recent years, and the reduction in fatalities, road users of all ages are guilty of these practices. But one category runs by far the greatest risk of death or serious injury.
Since inexperienced drivers, especially men aged 17 to 24, make up an appalling proportion of the casualties, it is right that the proposed legislation will target them. New drivers will have to display an R (for "restricted") plate for two years. They will be subject to a lower alcohol breath-test limit. Learners and novices will get a six-month suspension if they incur six penalty points.