Entries by shaun

‘Exceptional Hardship’- Mitigating Factors in Speeding Offences

‘Exceptional Hardship’ is frequently pleaded in speeding offence cases where it can be shown that it would have a detrimental effect on a person’s business or employees jobs. By law if you accumulate twelve penalty points or more within a three year period you will be summonsed to appear in court and face disqualification for […]

RSI January 2019 – Tom Harrington (Hons) F Inst. MTD

Road Safety Ireland- January 2019 Tom Harrington LL B (Hons) F Inst. MTD Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 Plans to legislate for a minimum passing distance for motorists passing cyclists have been shelved on the advice of the Attorney General-Seamus Woulfe. Transport Minister Shane Ross said the law officer had concerns about how a minimum passing […]

Prince Philip: The Mobility and Safety of Elderly Drivers!

The issue regarding elderly peoples’ driving ability has again been highlighted in the media since the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent car crash. It is argued that people well into their 80s are quite capable of driving cognitively and astutely and will take due amount of care on the road. Also, most would be able to […]

‘Rubbernecking’, Privacy & Cathy’s Law

This article deals with people’s right to privacy and especially the privacy of those who have been injured or killed in a road crash. It examines why privacy is important and the general reasons why. It also questions the ghoulish habits of many drivers who ‘rubberneck’ and take pictures of the crash and then post […]

Road Safety Ireland – November 2018

This issue … Costly Driving Test Reduced EDT Lessons Uninsured Drivers – Warning The Carnage Continues … Whiplash Saga Dash Cam – Insurance Discount ‘Virtual Reality Experience’ Younger Motorists – Drink-Drive Road Safety Ireland- November 2018                                                              Tom Harrington LL B (Hons) F Inst. MTD Costly Driving Test? A former United Nations translator tried to […]

What Constitutes Careless or Dangerous Driving?

Tom Harrington LL B (Hons) F. Inst. MTD Careless driving is driving below the standard expected by a competent and careful driver whereas dangerous driving is far below the standard expected by a competent careful driver. Normally, you will not be committed to prison for careless driving but you could lose your license in serious […]

Effective Observation – ‘Looked But Failed To See’?

Tom Harrington LL B (Hons) F Inst. MTD An important prerequisite to safe driving is general good health and good eyesight. Good eyesight is essential if one is to detect other traffic especially when emerging at junctions. Junctions are where traffic meet and cross each other. ‘Looking but failing to see’ is now established as […]

‘Light’ Cycle Lanes – Are These The Way to Armadillo(s)?

Tom Harrington LL B (Hons)  F Inst. MTD (August 2018) The London Cycle Design Standards (LCDS) (TfL 2014) defines light segregation as the use of physical objects intermittently placed alongside a cycle lane marking to give additional protection from motorized traffic. Light segregation offers a way to protect space for cyclists and provide a physical […]