An easier way to make roads safer
Published 16/11/2010 | 05:00
A Very clever chap once defined thrift as: "Not so much saving, as more avoiding waste." I was reminded of this very accurate definition while reading of the gardai -- with the backing of the Road Safety Authority -- spending €65m on cameras to stop drivers speeding.
I emphasise "stop" as it is obvious that cameras do not stop anyone speeding (don't forget motorcycles). They may punish those photographed, by a fine, which most don't pay, or by penalty points, but stop them? Certainly not.
This is where the waste surfaces -- not only in euro but much more importantly in the loss of life or horrendous injuries on our roads caused by the careless, reckless and dangerous driving of a high proportion of our drivers.