Man Receives 4 Penalty Points For Not Keeping Her Between The Ditches

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NEW road safety regulations in place from midnight last night have already caught up with Waterford man Michael Hourican, who received an on-the-spot fine of 80 euro and 4 penalty points for not keeping his 172 Kia Ceed as ‘between the ditches’ as gardaí would like.

“We have a between-the-ditch tolerance of around 28cm, or the width of a tyre” explained Sgt. Miles Benningham, at a conference where the new regulations were announced.

“After that, it’s points and a fine for any vehicular-ditch interactions. No clipping ditches, no close ones. We’ve got a ditch-0aving target for 2022 and we intend to hit it”.

Other new rules coming into place this week include:

  • Increased fines for failing to sink the boot when possible
  • 1-3 penalty points for not flashing your lights back at someone who flashed their at you, subject to how well you know them
  • Although keeping an untidy car is still not a chargeable offence, you may receive 2 penalty points for not apologising at least 5 times for ‘the state of this yoke’ if you pick up a passenger
  • Talking over a banger that comes on the radio will carry an 80 euro fine
  • Leaving an air freshener in place that has clearly lost its scent a long, long time ago will carry a 6 month driving ban
  • Back-seat passengers are now forbidden by law to state ‘there’s one’ when the driver is looking for a parking space in a congested car park and yes, they saw it, but it’s too tight so you’re not being as helpful as you think.
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