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Driving errors and traffic accidents, Dublin, 1962

In this black and white archival footage from 1962, we see some of the problems the Garda Síochána (Irish Police) faced with carless drivers in Dublin.

Sixty years ago it seemed that Ireland had a problem with drivers who did not obey the rules of the road. So much so that in this news item of the time, RTÉ journalist John Ross explains that in 1961, in the city of Dublin alone, more than 11,000 motorists were prosecuted for minor traffic violations. In addition, 64,000 motorists were warned on the side of the road.

Ross meets Chief Driving Instructor Sergeant Eamon O’Boyle and from the Garda Training Center they take to the streets of Dublin to observe some of the mistakes drivers make when getting behind the wheel of a car.

Watch: Traffic problems in the city of Dublin, Ireland 1962

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They see drivers breaking red lights, not indicating correctly, driving too close to the car ahead, ignoring white lines, erratically changing lanes, double parking and opening car doors to oncoming traffic. reverse. They even almost filmed a man run over by a car that didn’t stop at a pedestrian crossing!

Superintendent JA McDermott, Dublin traffic manager, says the problem is linked to the growing number of cars on Dublin’s roads. Over the past three years, there has been an increase of 19,000 registered cars in the city.

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