Sunday 17 December 2017

Speeding clampdown is making the point

As Gay Byrne wrestles with the problem of the presidency, he can take cheer from a position he already holds -- chairman of the Road Safety Authority. After all the delays and disagreements, the private speed cameras are nabbing extraordinary numbers of drivers travelling too fast.

It appears that almost 96,000 have had penalty points on their licences so far this year, with a total of 860,000 points applied. That is a 70pc increase on last year's figure and coincides with the operation of the "GoSafe" cameras.

Those receiving the penalty points may struggle to share feelings of satisfaction that a serious attempt is being made to crack down on speeding. Much more common is the reaction that, while there are lots of dangerous drivers out there, I am not one of them, and my speed was perfectly safe. Common, understandable, but wrong. A more detailed look at the figures shows that the majority of drivers do not go beyond two points. Only 135 have clocked up the 12 points that lead to the loss of a licence.

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