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Drivers now face penalty points for almost 50 different motoring offences due to a new crackdown on road safety.

Additional laws will see anyone convicted for not wearing a seatbelt or having an unrestrained child in their car slapped with four penalty points and a fine of up to €90.

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar announced the changes, which are due to take effect from tomorrow.

“Shocking as it may sound there are still motorists who permit children under three to travel without being properly restrained,” said Mr Varadkar.

“Failing to wear a seatbelt or allowing a passenger to travel unrestrained is a breach of the law and you risk a fine and penalty points on your licence which will remain in place for three years.”

Seven new rules have been added to the penalty point system, bringing to 48 the number of offences drivers can be charged for.

Mr Varadkar said gardaí still report that a large number of motorists do not wear a seatbelt or allow their passengers to travel without one.

Figures released last month by the Road Safety Authority showed 23 per cent of drivers killed and 29 per cent of passengers killed on the roads in the first half of 2012 were not wearing seatbelts.

Garda Assistant Commissioner Gerard Phillips said being strapped in while driving or travelling as a passenger was one of the most basic forms of road safety.

“It is the simplest and most effective way to protect all occupants in any vehicle,” said Mr Phillips.

“We also wish to remind all road users to take extra care on the roads this August Bank Holiday weekend. July and August are known to be high-risk periods on our roads.”

He pointed out that two people were killed and six seriously injured on the roads during last August Bank Holiday.

“Large numbers of drivers will be travelling to sometimes unfamiliar places around the country, so we are appealing to all drivers to slow down, take their time, be well rested, wear their seatbelt at all times and never ever drink and drive,” he added.

Among the seven new offences, six of which focus on seatbelts, is a new category for vehicle weight.

Anyone convicted for driving a vehicle that exceeds the permitted weight will be given three penalty points and could face a fine of up to €300.
Motorists facing more penalties - The Irish Times - Thu, Aug 02, 2012
slow down, take their time, be well rested, wear their seatbelt
I'll second that :thumbs:
 
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Stealth tax, I'm all for seatbelts mind it just seems like government's get all worried about our safety when they're skint. Remember how few speed controls there were before the recession and how quickly they rolled out the 'safety' van's.
 

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The points system is a fair(ish) system imo, and I agree points should be given to people who drive their kids round with no belts. It should be 6 points - I cant understand why someone is allowed to be caught doing this 3 times before they are banned.

On the other hand some of the points offences are getting out of hand, in particular wrt driving without an NCT cert.
I nearly got 5 points and had to go to court for having no nct. I had done the test and failed on a cracked number plate.

I would have got more points for driving with a cracked number plate, than for driving kids around with no belts! makes a mockery of the system.
 

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having an unrestrained child in their car slapped with four penalty points and a fine of up to €90.

I think this is a bit unfair , how will the child pay the 90 yoyo's and giving him a slap ! I thought their was laws against slapping children :tut::D
 

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That fine has been in force a while !
I'd insist people wear a seat belt , don't want that 16 stone lad in the back in the air in an unfortunate event .
Please wear you're seat belt's .
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BIG up the RSA the current safety advert's on TV are good .
Where the woman who nearly runs over herself on a bike & White van man nearly runs himself over , makes people think .
The other watch for motorbikes is excellent also !
 

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So she had no insurance and we have to fooookin pay , what a country :mad:
 

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We will have someone PC on here now saying that the money is for the young fella, I hope they pay the HSE and all other agencies back as this money is not going anywhere only giving the parent (who might i say is the problem here) a better life !

Coz the poor young fella will be a ward of court if anything happens to the parents !
 

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We will have someone PC on here now saying that the money is for the young fella, I hope they pay the HSE and all other agencies back as this money is not going anywhere only giving the parent (who might i say is the problem here) a better life !

Coz the poor young fella will be a ward of court if anything happens to the parents !
Sorry Dermo but I don't think we have anyone PC on here!
If we did they run anyway with George boiling his weewee!!!!:lol::lol::lol:
 

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:vomit: :vomit:


Glad you didnt wet yourself George :D
 
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