There has been a discussion on the call by the Road Safety Authority and others about the possibility of introducing speed limiters in cars. However, this technology is very new, and it would take many years for all car manufacturers to install them as standard. There is another system that could be introduced quickly.
Every car could be monitored with a GPS device linked to a mapping database that covers all roads and speed limits in Ireland.
The insurance company AXA introduced such a scheme for young drivers in 2012, and this allowed AXA to track driver speed and behaviour. The system could be modified so that if a driver was driving over the speed limit in a certain area, the driver is alerted and given time to reduce their speed.
Continuous driving over the speed limit would then result in penalty points and a fine.
In effect, it would be as if there was a continuous speed check on all cars at all times. Such a system would save many thousands of Garda hours in speed monitoring, and with a consequent reduction in speeding, would save many lives every year.
Another Mitchell brother?
A Milk-shilling Munster legend?
We just don’t KNOW.
Cathal McMahon writes:
I know ye don’t usually do this but I’m keen to reunite an owner with their missing, and expensive, GPS. I found the Garmin device near Lugnaquilla on Saturday. It had probably fallen out of a bag and was possibly run over by a car as the screen was smashed.
Despite this, it still appears to be working – albeit in need of a new screen.
Anyway, when I looked at the memory stick there were a couple of selfies of this guy (pic attached) on it. I have tried twitter but nobody has gotten back to me…well apart from one lad who thought it was Paul O’Connell!
Happy days. Found the owner of that GPS. Cheers to all who retweeted and a special thanks to @broadsheet_ie
— Cathal McMahon (@Cathal_Mirror) January 8, 2015
This afternoon outside Leinster House, Dublin
“Over 350 GPs from across the country gathered outside the DÃil this afternoon to protest over cutbacks. The National Association of General Practitioners claim that their members’ practices is being ignored by Government and that the emigration of young GPs is impacting the service. This is the first time the GPs have gathered in protest: they say that patient safety and well-being is at stake and that specific groups are being ‘ punished ‘ by continuous cuts in GP care.”
From top: Pat Crowley and Bill Moore; Ger Lane and Julie Kenneally; Ross Kelly and Karen O’Neill; Orna McLaughlin with her son Sebastian and protestors along Molesworth Street. All doctors except Sebastian.
Earlier: Open Up And Say ‘Ahhh’
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
Further to the launch of Eircode.
Gary Delaney is a GPS and positioning consultant and a director of Loc8 Code, the “modern alternative” to a post code rejected by the government in place of Eircode..
“Of The total cost to the economy of the proposed postcode is estimated at €100million (NOT the €26.5 million popularly quoted);- yet An Post have said they do not need it, the code is to be mainly random and therefore prone to error, the code is limited to “letterboxes”, the code will not solve public safety issues and the needs of the emergency services, the code will be optional and therefore may not enjoy popular use, the code has not been subjected to oversight and there is no guarantee that the global leaders in Navigation devices will support it as they are already supporting other cheaper, more robust and more flexible next generation solutions….
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