Bad driving practices still exist despite penalty points

Despite penalty points being increased and the number of offenses being also added to on a yearly basis, bad driving practices still exist.

In the past week I have observed numerous instances of stupid driving behavior which, if there was a police presence in the area, would have been allocated penalty points.

Speeding

I see this every day, mostly it’s just 10-15 MPH above the limit, nobody seems to bat a eyelid. Even when you are going the correct speed, those behind you seem to think that the 60mph limit does not apply to them and therefore proceed to flash lights to get you to move in. Lack of enforcement is the issue here and although the speed vans are around, this I feel is not as much of a deterrent as the UK model – i.e. hundreds of static speed cameras plus police enforcement.

Only last week I saw a guy pass me doing about 160 kmh on the M9 and luckily for those on the road the Garda car spotted him at Mullinavat and eventually stopped him when he reached the M9 junction at Waterford.

Seat Belts

I can’t believe how often I have seen this during the week, people driving down the road and then deciding to put-on seat belts while the car is moving. If you look out for this you will be alarmed at how often people are doing this.

Mobile Phone Usage while Driving

Again another one which should be enforced better, I see this all the time, commercial vehicles, taxis, and private car owners, driving and using a mobile phone. I even saw a guy at the M9 Knocktopher junction driving at 120 kmh using an iPad on the steering wheel. Should there be an offense for using a tablet (not technically a mobile phone) while driving?

Anyway, this madness continues despite Operation Slow Down which started on Friday – during which I saw no police enforcement during a 100km drive on Friday, maybe they were elsewhere.

Until Irish drivers get some cop-on our detail toll on the roads will continue to be in the news. 

M9 Motorway from Waterford to Dublin Completed and Open Today

After many years of waiting, Waterford has a Motorway connection to Dublin. The final section of the M9 Motorway will open at 11am this morning between Danesfort and the South Carlow Section around Powerstown.  The completed M9 Motorway will strip 20 minutes off the journey time between Dublin and Waterford, bringing the driving time to under two hours.

Web Searches for M9

Over the past few days there has been a huge increase in the searches for M9 and related queries on my website. I have gone into Google Analytics and had a look at what people are searching for – obviously with the SERPs hitting my website & blog.

For a bit of light hearted humour, I have outlined the search results and also the one line responses for each search engine query … obviously people were looking for answers on the M9 opening, so here you are.

Search
Query
m9
motorway
Yes, The M9 is completed today.
waterford
to dublin motorway
Yes the M9 goes from Waterford to Dublin
opening
of the m9 motorway in september 2010
The Opening of the M9 takes place today
at 11am
motorway
opening kilkenny carlow
see above…
M9
TO OPEN 9TH SEPTEMBER?
Yes, it will
M9
opening September
Yes, 9th September at 11am
motorway
kilkenny carlow
Kilkenny to Carlow journey time will be
reduced
m9
kclr
The announcement of the opening of the
M9 was on KCLR
m9
motorway opening
That’s today!
opening
of M9 motorway
Takes place today at 11am – keep up !
m9
motorway opening date
Once more that would be opening today
at 11am.

It will be interesting to see if the spike in website traffic will be the same as it was when the M9 Waterford to Danesfort section, or the New Waterford Bridge opened.

Top 20 Posts on the Blog in the Past Month

Interesting to see iPhones are still a hot topic on the blog especially in August and early September.
The second most popular post is the YouTube video of the Tipp woman putting the Kilkenny Cat in the Bin “5 in a Row my Arse”. Third / Fourth most popular are the posts about the new M9 Motorway between Waterford and Dublin which opened this Thursday 9th September at 11am.

Page
Title
Views
How to Fix an iPhone / iPod Touch with a
Frozen Safari App
779
Woman Puts Cat in Bin. Cat gets revenge
& puts Woman in Bin
333
M9 Motorway to open on September 9th296
Waterford to Dublin motorway M9 section
to open soon
274
How to fix an iPod Touch or iPhone which
won’t start
186
iPhone 4G expected to be in Ireland &
UK in early June
185
UFO Spotted over Copacabana beach170
The Irish Language – What a Waste of
Time!
163
iKitt App – iPhone App Review
(iKitt)
159
NDrive iPhone App – Sat Nav iPhone
App
125
Best Twitter iPhone Apps118
M9 Motorway Opened… About Time Too113
Meteorite Explodes over Ireland112
iPhone Signal Strength to be fixed by
Apple for iPhone 4G, 3GS & 3G
91
Pa Pa Thai, Waterford : Restaurant Review83
N9 Potholes – When is the Dublin to
Waterford M9 motorway opening?
72
Phone Rider – iPhone App Review61
World Cup Organisers will hopefully ban
VuVuZelas (Vous Vous Zella)
61
Smoking 2 Year Old Infant Video51
iKitt iPhone App. iPhone App and GPS
Update
47
M9 Motorway to open on September 9th

M9 Motorway to open on September 9th

The completed M9 motorway linking Danesfort Kilkenny to the Carlow section will officially open on September 9th at 11am. Speaking on KCLR Radio earlier today, Joe Gannon stated that the official opening ceremony of the new M9 motorway would take place at 11am on the 9th of September. (09/09 for the opening of the M9 … coincidence?)

M9 Motorway outside Kilkenny to open on September 9thThe completed M9 motorway will link Waterford to Dublin with non stop motorway and the journey time should be approx 1h 30 mins between the two cities with the previous journey time usually 2 hours 35 minutes. Currently traffic has to exit at Danesfort, continue via Kilkenny (or via Knocktopher / Thomastown route) to the Carlow section and resuming on the M9 just outside Carlow. The announcement of the official M9 motorway comes as a welcome relief to travellers to Dublin from the South East as well as the people of Kilkenny (and Thomastown/Gowran) who have seen increased traffic as a result of the diversions.

Roll on the 9th September … the only thing not on the M9 through are servcie stations or Motorway services, I wonder when these will be added?

M9 Motorway Opened… About Time Too

The M9 Motorway opened today from Danesfort to Waterford and on my journey from Thomastown to Waterford City I saved 12 minutes on the journey which will save me 2 hours a week going to work.

The road was a longer route than the normal N9 via Mullinvat but doing 120kph and also not having to put up with trucks, tractors and 60kph Sunday Drivers was a blessing.

RTE Covered the opening today : http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0322/m9.html

The next section from Danesfort to Co. Carlow will open later in the year to complete the motorway, bypassing Thomastown, Gowran, Dungarvan, Paulstown and Leighlinbridge.

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