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    Default Stopping in Hard Shoulders on Motorways

    I've noticed an extra-ordinary number of drivers pulled in on the sides of motorways over the Christmas break while I've been in Ireland. I'm not sure these drivers realise how dangerous it is to be pulled in on the side of a motorway. Are cars in Ireland more prone to break down or are the drivers ignorant to the danger they are placing themselves in? I'd hate to think they're pulled in to use the phone, it could even be safer to drive and talk.

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    Pulling over to the hard shoulder to allow people to pass on normal national roads is my personal pet hate.

    If you're going faster than a laden tractor, it's lethal, especially where there's any problem with visibility.

    It's a peculiarly Irish habit as far as I can see.

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    Either people still don't realise/or care it's a penalty point offence to be in the hard shoulder area thus ... or else it's not being enforced .. or perhaps both

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah Well View Post
    ... or else it's not being enforced ..
    You're onto something there alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aggressivesecularist View Post
    You're onto something there alright.
    Yep - it's a penalty point offence (1 on the spot - 3 in Court) to be driving in the hard shoulder ... I'm not sure if there's any penalty point offence for being stopped in the hard shoulder - prob not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah Well View Post
    Yep - it's a penalty point offence (1 on the spot - 3 in Court) to be driving in the hard shoulder ... I'm not sure if there's any penalty point offence for being stopped in the hard shoulder - prob not
    I thought that's was one of the reasons that the hard shoulder was there, to facilitate safe stopping when absolutely necessary on a fast road.

    I could be wrong.

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    Given the lack of service areas and even places to legally stop, I wonder is the offence enforceable legally? It is dangerous though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aggressivesecularist View Post
    Pulling over to the hard shoulder to allow people to pass on normal national roads is my personal pet hate.
    Not doing so is mine. If your holding up a queue of traffic, its far safer to pull over and let it pass than have a queue of angry, frustrated drivers who will eventually try to pass at just the wrong time.
    Seen hundreds of near misses from this and none from an aware driver pulling in to allow traffic past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HanleyS View Post
    I've noticed an extra-ordinary number of drivers pulled in on the sides of motorways over the Christmas break while I've been in Ireland. I'm not sure these drivers realise how dangerous it is to be pulled in on the side of a motorway. Are cars in Ireland more prone to break down or are the drivers ignorant to the danger they are placing themselves in? I'd hate to think they're pulled in to use the phone, it could even be safer to drive and talk.

    The below crash while not on a motorway is still fresh in my mind:
    RTÉ News: Baby critical after Meath crash

    Well my hand is up in the air here, when some flippit driving a scooby drives up my tail pipe I tend to pull off. When a jeep doing a scuuy comes in to view I pull over. To top it off when my mobi sings to me... yippp.... I pull up and that it.
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    It's illegal to stop on a motorway, simple as that.

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