Remember Operation Freeflow?
When the coppers would do a bit of worthwhile work by helping to keep traffic moving coming up to Christmas?
You know, the sort of stuff they do 52 weeks of the year in most other countries?
They stopped Operation Freeflow last year, in protest at the Garda recruitment ban. That and the infamous 1998 Blue Flu duvet day says much about where their priorities lie. We'd be better off with the Keystone Cops. At least they made an effort.
On a vaguely related note, one of the lads at work described how he was zapped by a Garda "safety van" on the Arklow Bypass as he did 10 klicks over the speed limit on one of the best stretches of dual carriageway you will find anywhere in the country.
"Saaaving liiiives" my pert little arse - boosting their "gotcha" statistics more like.
Fish, barrels and all the rest. But it will look great come the next Garda/RSA report when people can read how many dangerous, speed-addled, reckless drivers the fuzz interecepted.
What, though, about gobshites who drive around at night withouth their head/tail lights switched on?
Imagine my surprise when, driving along Parkgate Street at about 9.30pm on Wednesday, the 19th of December, I was overtaken by an unmarked, speeding Ford Mondeo made visable only by flashing blue illumination.
Are Garda drivers deliberately leaving headlights off in protest at cutbacks? Are they trying to save precious financial and planetary resources? Is it some kind of Bondesque, super-sleuth thing, blending in with the darkness?
Or are some of them just very bad, very inattentive - and potentially very dangerous - drivers who don't even notice they are driving at night with no headlights on? See pic above.
I'll have my guess. Call me a cynic.
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