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Cyclists break the law as much as motorists, shocker

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Metro Herald reported this morning that ‘nearly half of cyclists break law’ as their front page lead story — that’s at best lower than motorists or at worse about the same as them.

The cyclist statistic was from a wider PR survey from Semperit Tires, no details were given in Metro Herald about other road users, but other surveys puts the lawbreaking of motorists well above “almost half”.

Here’s just a few examples:

One survey found 90% of motorists were breaking the 30km/h zone in Dublin City Centre. Autobiz.ie reported last year that “A Continental Tyres traffic speeding survey along Dublin’s city centre quays, found that less than 10% of motorists were obeying the 30km/h speed limit.”

The Sunday Tribune put that even higher. It reported: “Almost 97% of motorists in Dublin city are breaking the controversial new 30kmph speed limits.”

According to an AA survey last year 53.8% of motorists surveyed “admitted to using a handheld mobile phone at least occasionally while driving.”

Another survey by the AA found that “almost half (45%) of drivers [surveyed] have stopped on the hard shoulder of a motorway to make or receive a call.”

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Cian Ginty
Editor, IrishCycle.com

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