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Driving Rules And Regulations - How I Got Caught Out

Updated on February 5, 2013

“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)

Speed Limits

 Republic of Ireland dual carraigeway speed limit is 100 km/h.
Republic of Ireland dual carraigeway speed limit is 100 km/h. | Source

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

the N7 close to my luv shack in Citywest Co. Dublin.
the N7 close to my luv shack in Citywest Co. Dublin. | Source
rush hour across the pond.
rush hour across the pond. | Source

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

is that a no parking a sign I see, Mr policeman?
is that a no parking a sign I see, Mr policeman? | Source

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

OK lads, we have a right one here, no mercy is to be shown. I see you have the sick bag ready Paddy so let's get ready to rumble.
OK lads, we have a right one here, no mercy is to be shown. I see you have the sick bag ready Paddy so let's get ready to rumble. | Source

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

the long road home
the long road home | Source

Lesson Learnt

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.


Quotes

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on” Unknown Author

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” - George Carlin

“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said ‘parking fine’” - Tommy Cooper

“If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG” - Bill Gates

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alun,

      Great to see you again my friend! Your joke did bring a smile to my face I have to admit! Us women do get to be the bone of so many driving jokes, you have got to just roll with it! There are so many rules and regs that many forget or else never read up on. When I was going through them all I thought I will never in a month of Sundays remember them all! I know I too prefer to know where I am going and check it out on Google beforehand if I can. Doesn't always work to plan but I usually try not panic and get there in the end. Thanks for having a read, appreciate your visits and comments as always, must be well due I popped in on you, apologies for being absent recently!!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

      Everyone Suzie can unfortunately be caught out by traffic rules; especially as sometimes the road signs are not as clear as they might be. Here in England, I'm not sure anyone is totally aware of the significance of all the lines painted on the road, or how strictly they may be enforced. I hate driving anywhere I am not familiar with for this reason - I'm so busy trying to figure out where I am and where I want to go, that it's easy to miss the warning signs and restrictive signs, and do the wrong thing! Oh well; I commiserate. By the way, here's one to add to your list of quotes and jokes (forgive the sexism - I'm only telling it as I heard it):

      A man and a woman are involved in a head on collision.

      Officer: 'Madam, who's fault was it?'

      Woman driver: 'I honestly don't know - I wasn't looking'.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespawoolf,

      Its interesting you picked up on the driving here when you visited Dublin! My partner is from Northern Ireland and always gives out about the standard here! When we are in Italy I find places like Naples totally nuts and would hate to drive there,bad enough as a passenger! Turkey is another crazy country for drivers! Appreciate your lovely comments and humour as always!! :-)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is hilarious! What a way to start the day. My hubby drove in Dublin three years ago and I thought we were going to die! The traffic was terrible, if you can find parking it will cost you a fortune and the way the streets wind around made me feel dizzy and lost. At least you made it to your destination. : ) Love the quotes you chose at the end. Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sgbrown,

      Thanks for visiting this hub! Dublin like many cities can be a nightmare and I much prefer the smaller towns like you do. At Mike's its totally different and has other difficulties but we can't have everything eh??!! Appreciate your comments and votes, have a great day in the countryside!!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      It is a hard pill to swallow sometimes. We live in a much smaller town and the police here, will sometimes let you go with just a warning for the smaller errors. I don't like to drive in larger cities, everything just gets so crazy. Loved your hub! Voted up, interesting and funny! Have a great day (and don't use the filter lane too soon.) :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Ha!Yep, sometimes the 'ol charm works and more often than not, they're not interested! You have to be able to laugh at yourself iv'e learnt!! You, sickeningly nice . . . . .No?? LOL Thanks my friend for your comments and support , I always look forward to them!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't it amazing how they manage to be right there when you make an honest mistake like that? I have found, like you, that it does no good to argue, so I'm usually so nice it is sickening. LOL I have gotten out of a couple tickets because I was friendly, but that doesn't work often.

      Thanks for the driving lesson and the laugh, even though the laugh comes at your expense. :)