Those of you who have visited here before will know that I have no great love for our
gubmint militia police force.
While the prime culprit is our legal system with its overabundance of petty laws, rules and restriction, the Gardaí don't do themselves any favours by enforcing those laws by the book rather than by common sense.
I came across a couple of photographs on Twitter recently where they brag about their great "capture". The Tweet was s follows –
Meath Traffic video motorcyclist dangerous overtaking & on hatched markings, FCN issued for dangerous overtaking
For the benefit of those who don't know – FCN is a Fixed Charge Notice. In other words, more cash into the gubmint's coffers, on the whim of the police.
The first photograph shows the overtaking in action.
I know it's only a single image which doesn't give the full picture [pun intended] but that looks like a reasonably safe maneuver? I certainly wouldn't class it as "dangerous" as there seems to be ample space each side of the bike. It's not a spot I would have chosen, but that is the level of my criticism.
The second picture is the one that really piqued my interest.
Now here we have a real crime in plain view. The cyclist has the audacity, nay the sheer vandalism of driving on some faded paint! What a crime! He drove on hatched markings? Anarchy in action?
Personally I ignore those patches of paint out of sheer necessity. More often than not they would force a motorist into a chicane that is more dangerous than driving straight over them. And anyway, I refuse to be bossed around by some fucking paint. Judging by the second picture, I'm not the only one as that paint is well eroded.
Actually both pictures do show a motoring offence in action.
Note the speed and note the distance to the car in front of the camera?
But then our police are above the law.