The usual hasty conclusion
There is a poll in today’s Irish Times where they pose the question “Do you think the State is doing enough to cut road deaths?”
I am delighted to see that [at the time of writing] that the majority are saying “Yes”.
It’s about time that the Irish realised that legislation is NOT the answer, and that it is really none of the State’s fucking business.
Of course this is all in response to that terrible accident on Sunday night where eight people were killed.
That accident was not one that could have been prevented with legislation. I would hazard a guess that it was caused by one simple thing – testosterone.
Let’s look at the facts.
Car A is a Volkswagon Passat, a car designed for five passengers. In fact it contained eight young men ranging in age from 19 to 23.
Car B is a Renault Mégane driven by a woman.
Car C is a Toyota Corolla driven by a 66 year old man.
Car A collided with Car B before smashing into Car C. Conclusion? Car A is at fault.
The fact that Car A contained eight young adults when it was designed for five, speaks volumes. There were eight young lads who were apparently going home after watching the World Cup final. Conclusion? Whether there was drink involved or not, these lads were fired up and driving a fairly powerful car and doing what young lads always do – messing.
Of course I can pretty much guarantee that the cause of the accident will go down as ‘speed’, and Gay Byrne will be running a new fucking campaign urging us all to slow down. One of these years the Road Safety Authority will get it into their thick fucking skulls that speed does not kill. Bad driving kills. Messing behind the wheel kills. Not taking account of road condition kills. Reckless driving kills. Speed in itself doesn’t do anything except give the Nanny State a chance to clean out our wallets.
I have a good mind to get in a double-decker bus and run Gay Byrne over at ten miles an hour.
That should prove my point.
serious topic, but point well made…totally agree…
i thought they were coming back from oxegen, but that’s neither here nor there..
Oxegen? World Cup? Same difference. Both are occasions for high spirits. Now, if they had being going home from a funeral?
They’re already at it. Speed cameras are to be installed on that road by October:
Link goes to the Indo.
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Fuck off you smartarsed twat. How’s that for you? Whoever the fuck you are. (Forgotten what I said now !)
Robert – Their answer to everything. I doubt it would have done any good.
TT – May I apologise on behalf of my ‘useless comment’ software?
The biggest contributory factor was probably the weight of the car. I can feel the difference in handling of my own (admittedly small) car with just two passengers, while 7 average men would add up to about half a tonne. This would affect the car not just in terms of stopping distance, but also causing it to drift substantially on even a modest bend that normally would be fine for that driver, in that car, and at that speed.
In this case I’d probably expect the main cause is inexperience on the driver’s part, not expecting just how poorly an overladen car handles. Personally I think all drivers (of all ages) should, as a requirement to getting a license, be required to take a course on a skid pan in their own car. Firstly it gives people that direct, personal, gut-wrenching experience (which no advert can convey) of how easy it can be to lose control of the car they’re in every day, and secondly they could learn from an expert how to react in an emergency. Theory’s all well and good, but only real-life training can help you to properly suppress instinctive reactions that might cause you to swerve badly or lock up the brakes.
I can personally testify that Gay Byrne is an arrogant bad mannered prick who likes to think people are there to serve his every whim.
Andrew – I think you have hit the nail fair and square on the head. The passengers would have effectively doubled the weight of a car, and it would handle completely differently. An experienced driver would have adjusted his speed accordingly. I know I would have been very cautious under those circumstances.
Holemaster – Heh! You know him personally too?