Driving Rules And Regulations - How I Got Caught Out
“Using the road is the most dangerous thing we do every day. Please take extra care if you are setting foot or wheel on the road and remember the learning never stops”
RSA (Road Safety Authority Ireland)
Rules And Regulations . . . The Law
Love them or hate them, the rules of the road are here to stay. Put in place by the powers that be, with safety for all the main priority and objective. Staying within the driving laws you would think would be easy or adhered to rigorously but yet statistics will constantly prove otherwise. If you drive, it is your responsibility and duty to know what the laws are in the state, province or countries in which you plan on driving as these may and often do vary considerably.
Driving Lanes are necessary
Little Did I Know
Setting off in my trusty Nissan Micra, my internal radar set, I was on course for joining the N7 dual carriageway, and then head in the direction of Dublin city centre.
My destination was a well known hotel less than 2 miles away, where I was attending a training course, a drive I was very familiar with.
The N7 dual carriageway is well known in Dublin and surrounding counties as a main artery for commuters. At rush hour times it would continually be nose to tail traffic.
This Tuesday morning I joined the masses of commuters and started to crawl at a snail’s pace.
Taking the inside lane I was aware of the bus lane on my left, also legally used by taxi drivers.
Irish Garda Siochana
Rules Are Not Meant To Be Broken
Impatient drivers will often drive down this bus lane although it is against the law and then look to enter the filter lane. I was familiar with this law as it had been pointed out to me by my experienced partner and driving instructor as a manoeuvre not to do and I never had.
I would be taking a left turn at the first set of traffic lights via a filter lane and as it was getting closer I could not see the road markings indicating the filter lane. With the traffic crawling along and a large Lorry blocking my vision, I made a judgement call that I was about a car length away, I indicated left, checked my mirrors and pulled in. Immediately I could see one of our “boys in blue” otherwise known as The Garda Siochana, with his bright, unmissable, fluorescent uniform, arm raised and stern look upon his face.”Oh bugger” is the polite version of what I thought and as he pointed for me to slow and stop, I knew this was not going to be a good morning! As I approached, he directed me to pull in on the left where a squad car was parked in a goods inwards entrance of a hotel. The same hotel I was travelling to. Mortified does not come close to how I felt!
Caught Out by The Strong Arms of The Law
Paying The Price
When he had finished checking my road tax, my insurance, my NCT disc (National Car Safety Test) and driving licence, he told me what I had done was dangerous and that I should have waited for the filter lane road markings to start before moving in.
I apologised and did indicate the reason why I had pulled in early knowing fine well in my own head that this would cut no ice, give no quarter and simply put, do me no good as Mr. Blue Boy had a face on him like a wet weekend. So I took my dressing down, my comeuppance and in short my bollocking and then had to ask politely and whimperishly if he could move his patrol car as he was blocking where I needed to go. You can guess that this went down like a lead balloon and I couldn’t help thinking, if only you had stopped the car in front, instead of me. I’m sure I made his day!
Sent On My Way by The Garda
After being told to appear in a designated local police station within 10 days with my current NCT disc, (it was in the post, honest!) I was sent on my way. With no mention of a fine, I thought my charm had worked a treat until a week later I receive a fine for €60 euro in the post. Whilst a bitter pill to swallow, I was at fault and in the wrong. I could have been issued penalty points on my licence, which to date is free of such endorsements so at the end of the day I was lucky and learned the hard way.
Definition of a Filter Lane:
A lane of traffic reserved for those making a specific turn at the next junction.
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