Being kept on a leash
I came across an interesting little snippet over at Mac’s place yesterday.
I’m sure you have all read it [you do follow my suggested links, don’t you?] but for those who need hand-holding, he drew my attention to this—–
Motorists over 70 in poor health could be banned from driving at night or more than 30 miles from their home.
An interesting concept, what?
I mentioned it to Herself in passing and she nearly blew her top. “They can’t do that! That’s outrageous! They’d never get away with it. There would be uproar and rebellion.” or words to that effect. This surprised me as she’s normally quite placid [we finally got the meds right].
I thought about this. Would the Great Unwashed and in particular the Wrinkly Great Unwashed stand for it? Then it hit me. For fucks sake they have already accepted a limit of 5 kilometres which is a hell of a lot less than 30 miles. I know this 5Km limit is supposed to be temporary but nevertheless you would think there would be someone muttering about constitutional rights to move around our own country? There hasn’t been a whisper of course, because they have explained to us that if we dare travel 5.01Km then there will be mass slaughter of the first-born and kittens will all explode. The Irish are suckers for a feeble excuse.
There seems to be an unwritten rule that whatever one country does, another has to follow suit like a docile cow. Ireland is great at this [though sadly they failed to follow Brexit] so if the UK were to bring is this weird restriction, Ireland would probably think it’s a brilliant idea and try it on here. Good luck to ’em I say. The only way they can enforce it is to fit every car with a GPS positioning device which presumably they would then have to monitor.
Seeing as they can’t even monitor a couple of families in one hotel, I think I’m safe.
The logic-fail of this mad notion is that, if you check the accident statistics for the under-30s and compare that with the over-70s, then it is the under-30s who should be constrained in their driving for the benefit of public safety. (I'm not advocating that either – I was an under-30 motorist once.)
One thing governments always need to remember is that most over-70s actually turn out and vote every time, most under-30s can't be arsed, so who do they want to alienate? Once that simple fact sinks in, this stupid idea will shuffle off into the long grass.
Nearly every fatal accident here seems to involve some bloke in his twenties [or younger].
They tried to bring in a law here that removed the Medical Card from a load of Oldies. They came out in their droves [one of the biggest protests in years] and forced a change of heart. I'm hoping the gubmint learned from that though I have my doubts.
This is only the start.They have not started on pubs yet.Just ignore them there must be hacks to disable trackers or register in name of 40 year old.
Rebellion, revolt, non compliance, not a chance based on the plentiful evidence on the ground round these parts in the past year. People would rejoice more like, that the dangers to life have been removed from their roads. Just wait till they stick digital tags on the old bastards. Wait they don’t need to they all have mobiles about their person which are tracked by the nearest three cell towers so the gestapo will know when and where the phone is and more than likely the wrinkly it is registered to.
"…stick digital tags on the old bastards…"
Bill, it's been done before – well, not exactly digital tags, but yellow stars. Look how that ended.
It won't happen, it would constrain numerous of the farmers, GAA committee members, county councillors and parish priests, who still run rural Ireland!
I think that Ireland is the same, except maybe metric, but in UK driving over 70 is illegal. Anyone, everyone, except plod.
You should go metric. We can go up to 120 on motorways.