Renewed focus on road safety needed in wake of increase in penalty points

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Jim Daly, has called for a renewed focus on road safety following the increase in penalty points on August 1.

“Penalty points impact insurance policies and in most cases they are completely avoidable. Drivers not abiding by speed limits, using mobile phones while driving or not wearing a seat belt are the most common penalty point offences and in all cases it is very easy to obey the law and avoid getting the points.

“From August 1, penalty points for speeding, holding a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seat belt or not using child restraints increased from two points to three, provided the fixed charge is paid within the stipulated period. For those who do not pay the fixed charge and are subsequently convicted in Court, the points increased from four to five.

“In 2013, road fatality figures increased for the first time in eight years. Huge inroads have been made in the promotion of road safety in recent years so it is extremely worrying that we seem to have taken a step backwards. This year’s figures don’t make for much better reading.

“It is clear that as a nation we have hit a stumbling block when it comes to road safety. Thankfully there has been a huge shift in attitude towards drink driving but we need a similar change when it comes to using mobile phones.

“Also, under the terms of the 2014 Act, the new category of Novice driver came into effect from August 1. The new measures mean that people who receive a first full licence from August 1 will be considered as Novice drivers for their first two years. Novices are required to display an N-plate during that time. Under the terms of the Act, Novices face disqualification from driving for six months if they reach seven penalty points, as opposed to the current twelve and Novice drivers, like learners, are subject to lower alcohol limits.

“Road fatality figures are more than just numbers; every person who loses their lives on the road has a family, has someone who will miss them. We also need to remember that collisions lead to severe injury and lifelong disabilities.

“It is important that people take driving seriously. Every time you get behind the wheel you are taking your life and the lives of others in your hands. Speed limits are there for a reason, putting on your seat belt is as important as turning on the ignition and the car is not the place to check your Facebook status.

“These new measures put road safety to the forefront of people’s minds and, ensure that we all ‘Get the Point and not the Points!’”

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