Road safety and the law in Ireland

Road safety and the law in Ireland
9/2/2012
RSA NEW
No Seatbelt No Excuse!
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Safety belts are proven lifesavers and should be used
on every single car journey.
• Without a safety belt, 3 out of 4 people will be killed
or seriously injured in a 50 km/h (31mph) head-on
collision.
• Every person in a car is legally required to wear a
safety belt where one is fitted.
• The driver is responsible for ensuring that
passengers under 17 years of age use a safety belt
or a suitable child car seat.
Remember: no safety belt - up to 4 penalty points.
Child Safety in Cars
All children should be
restrained in the correct
child seat when travelling
in a car.
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Select a child seat that:
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Conforms to United Nations standard, ECE
Regulations 44-03 or 44-04 (look for the E mark).
Is suitable for the child’s WEIGHT and HEIGHT.
Do not use age as a guide.
Is suitable for the type of car.
Is correctly fitted according to the manufacturer’s
instructions.
It is safer to fit child seats in the rear of the car.
NEVER fit a rearward facing baby seat in the front.
For further information on Child Safety in Cars please see
www.rsa.ie/childsafetyincars
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Introduction
Speed Limits
Before driving any car
on a road you must
ensure that:
• You hold a current
driving licence.
• The car is taxed
and the tax disc is
displayed.
• The car is insured and the insurance disc is displayed.
• If applicable display a valid NCT disc.
Speed limits in the Republic of Ireland are measured in
kilometres (km/h). Safety cameras are in use on Irish roads.
Locations of cameras are available on www.garda.ie
Check the signs – Check your speed.
Failure to observe any of these requirements is a
serious offence.
How alcohol affects driving:
Alcohol affects judgement, vision, co-ordination and
reaction time. It causes serious driving errors, such as:
• Driving too fast or too slow.
• Driving in the wrong
lane.
• Running over the kerb.
• Not signalling, failure
to use lights.
• Straddling lanes.
• Running stop signs and
red lights.
• Improper overtaking.
ALL TRAFFIC DRIVES ON THE LEFT IN IRELAND!
National Car Test (NCT)
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Penalty Points
Passenger cars are required
to undergo a roadworthiness
test when they are 4 years
old and every two years
after that until their 10th
anniversary when they become
subject to an annual test.
For further information
please visit www.ncts.ie
or call the NCTS directly
on 1890 412 413
Any driver accumulating 12 penalty points at any time
inside a three year period will be automatically
disqualified from driving for six months. Penalty points
remain on the licence record for a period of three years.
The maximum speed limit for vehicles such as buses,
trucks or towing vehicles is 80km/h (50mph).
Slow Down
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Alcohol & Drugs – The Law:
It is an offence to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge
of a car if you don’t have proper control due to alcohol
and/or drugs.
Driving too fast is a
factor in 1 out of every
4 fatal crashes in
Ireland.
Speeding reduces a
driver’s ability to steer safely around bends and
increases the distance necessary to stop a car.
A 100 km/h (62 mph) crash is the same as dropping a
car from an eleven storey building.
Slowing down saves lives.
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No insurance: 5 penalty points and a fine of up to
€2,500 and/or a possible term of imprisonment
and/or disqualification for one year or more.
• Careless Driving: 5 penalty points and a fine of up to
€1,500 and/or a possible term of imprisonment
• Speeding: 4 penalty points on conviction in court and
a fine of up to €800.
• No safety belt: 4 penalty points on conviction in court
and a fine of up to €800 for a first offence.
For further information on penalty points please see
www.penaltypoints.ie
Never Ever Drink And Drive
Many drivers believe they are safe to drive after one drink,
they are wrong. The RSA says "NEVER EVER DRINK AND DRIVE"
The Penalty:
The penalty for drink/drug driving is disqualification from
The penalty for drink/drugdriving is disqualification from
holding a driving licence for a minimum period ranging
holding a driving licence for a minimum period ranging
from 3 months to 6 years and a fine of up €5,000
from 3 months to 4 years and a fine of up to €2,500
and/or imprisonment.
and/or imprisonment.
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