There will be no road deaths in Ireland by 2050.
The only way they could possibly achieve this is to reintroduce the red flag man.
Naturally their preferred method of achieving this is to increase fines and penalty points.
As usual, they completely miss the point. They proudly brag about catching someone doing 190 on the motorway and isn’t that terrible? But what was the condition of the road? Were there other vehicles nearby? Was visibility good? Was he actually involved in an accident? I would contend that a speed of 190 is perfectly safe on a motorway if the conditions are right and the driver was experienced and knew his limits. They brag about the thousands of motorists caught speeding without seeming to realise that none of those drivers was actually involved in an accident.
Accidents aren’t caused by speed, lack of seatbelts or any of the other things they penalise people for. Accidents are basically down to one of two things. There is mechanical failure which I would imagine is rare enough. Then there is the driver. Accidents are caused by reckless driving where the driver doesn’t know his limitations or the condition of the weather, other traffic and the road itself. Someone doing 150 in fog, or on a narrow winding country road is just plain asking for trouble.
They are obsessed with speed. They are talking about introducing revised limits throughout the country and doubtless this will involve reduced limits in all the inappropriate places. It also means increased fines which I’m sure never crossed their minds.
What would be helpful would be listing the actual causes of accidents. I would imagine that a lot are caused by inexperience or lack of knowledge of the route. Some would be down to driver fatigue or distraction. Some are caused by young people showing off [it’s remarkable the number of young people involved in accidents]. The only way speed is a factor is in the severity of an accident but not the cause.
I don’t know how they hope to achieve their totally unrealistic target.
I just know it will be a pain in the arse..