Thursday, 10 June 2010

IOMTT Supersport Tragedy - ACU Statement

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The Auto Cycle Union regret to announce that Paul Dobbs, 39, from Onewhero, New Zealand, was killed during the Supersport 2 race at the TT races in a racing incident at Ballagarey.

Paul was an experienced TT competitor with a best finish of sixth in the 400cc lightweight TT race in 2000. He first competed in the Isle of Man TT Races in 1999.

He was married with two children. The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to the rider’s family and friends.

Jim Parker, Chairman, ACU, commented: “Paul was a really popular rider in the paddock and was a great competitor. He was a very talented rider who made many friends in the racing community. He will be sorely missed.”

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Rambo Granny of Melbourne Australia

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Gun-toting granny Ava Estelle, 81, was so ticked-off when two thugs raped her 18-year-old granddaughter that she tracked the unsuspecting ex-cons down and shot off their testicles.

The old lady spent a week hunting those men down and, when she found them, she took revenge on them in her own special way, said Melbourne police investigator Evan Delp.

Then she took a taxi to the nearest police station, laid the gun on the sergeant's desk and told him as calm as could be: 'Those bastards will never rape anybody again, by God.'

Cops say convicted rapist and robber Davis Furth , 33, lost both his penis and his testicles when outraged Ava opened fire with a 9-mm pistol in the hotel room where he and former prison cell mate Stanley Thomas, 29, were holed up.

The wrinkled avenger also blew Thomas' testicles to kingdom come, but doctors managed to save his mangled penis, police said. 'The one guy, Thomas, didn't lose his manhood, but the doctor I talked to said he won't be using it the way he used to,' Detective Delp told reporters. 'Both men are still in pretty bad shape, but I think they're just happy to be alive after what they've been through.'

The Rambo Granny swung into action August 21 after her granddaughter Debbie was carjacked and raped in broad daylight by two knife-wielding creeps in a section of town bordering on skid row.

'When I saw the look on my Debbie's face that night in the hospital, I decided I was going to go out and get those bastards myself cause I figured the Law would go easy on them,' recalled the retired library worker. 'And I wasn't scared of them either because I've got me a gun and I've been shootin' all my life. And I wasn't dumb enough to turn it in when the law changed about owning one.'

So, using a police artist's sketch of the suspects and Debbie's description of the sickos, tough-as-nails Ava spent seven days prowling the wino-infested neighborhood where the crime took place 'till she spotted the ill-fated rapists entering their flophouse hotel. 'I knew it was them the minute I saw 'em, but I shot a picture of 'em anyway and took it back to Debbie and she said sure as hell, it was them,' the oldster recalled.

'So I went back to that hotel and found their room and knocked on the door, and the minute the big one opened the door, I shot 'em right square between the legs, right where it would really hurt 'em most, you know. Then I went in and shot the other one as he backed up pleading to me to spare him. Then I went down to the police station and turned myself in.'

Now, baffled lawmen are trying to figure out exactly how to deal with the vigilante granny.'What she did was wrong, and she broke the law, but it is difficult to throw an 81-year-old woman in prison,' Det. Delp said, 'especially when 3 million people in the city want to nominate her for Mayor.'

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Monday, 7 June 2010

Speed & Safety – Save Yourselves! PSNI Speed Awareness

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The PSNI has announced the introduction of a Speed Awareness Scheme. Road users detected breaking speed limits in Northern Ireland will be offered the one-off opportunity to go back to the classroom and improve their driving skills - rather than picking up a fine and three penalty points on their licence.

Those detected speeding and who are aged 25 years and over, will be able to attend the Speed Awareness Scheme. The four hour classroom based Speed Awareness Scheme will not be offered to drivers who exceed the speed limit excessively, or those who have attended a national speed awareness course in the past three years.

Those aged under 25 years and detected speeding will be offered the chance to complete a Young Drivers Scheme. The Young Drivers Scheme aims to target vulnerable motorists and reduce the risk of young drivers becoming involved in serious injury and fatal road traffic collisions. The scheme consists of an educational workshop and online e-learning modules.

The schemes will follow a nationally approved syllabus, and will be run by DriveTech (UK) Ltd (a subsidiary of the AA) and delivered by specially selected approved road safety specialists. Courses will be held in Omagh, Coleraine, Belfast and Newry and will cost £85 inclusive of VAT to attend, which covers the cost of administering and delivering the schemes.

Both courses aim to generate a better understanding of the consequences of speeding and raise awareness of the importance of sticking to speed limits. The courses also help drivers recognise speed limits and provide instruction on driving more carefully.

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland said: “Excessive speed for the conditions is the single biggest killer of people on Northern Ireland roads. This is the final warning for those who continue to break the speed limits.”

Right To Ride’s, Trevor Baird says, “We have been in contact with the PSNI to see if the educational workshop and online e-learning modules has relevance for motorcyclists and we have been promised an invite to sit in and see for ourselves what is entailed.”

Right To Ride has received some comments, “While the courses seem set up to “catch” and educate those who are speeding just above the limits, what is missing is education for habitual speeders, those that are caught well above the speed limit who despite points, fines and bans will continue with unchanged attitudes”.

“While additional road policing patrols will now be deployed across Northern Ireland to target people who take the completely selfish decision to speed and put other people at risk, I hope the PSNI will not just be out to fill their classrooms?”

Meanwhile down South ahead of this Bank Holiday weekend Mayo County Council is running their “What’s Around The Corner” safety campaign.

The campaign includes handing out High-visibility yellow vests to bikers to make sure they can be clearly seen by other motorists, they will be distributed through motorcycle clubs in Co.Mayo.

Noel Gibbons Road Safety Officer Mayo County Council, said, "This is one part of our ongoing efforts with partners to improve safety for motorcyclists and other road users. We are also encouraging local riders to under go Motorcycle training. Motorcyclists continue to be over-represented in the fatalities and since the middle of April, four riders have lost their lives.

As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists will take to the roads. Research indicates that the majority of motorcycle fatalities occur over the weekends and during daylight hours. Many riders are injured at junctions when vehicles pull out, others crash as a result of entering a bend too fast.''

Right To Ride’s Trevor Baird, says, “While we have some issues with the reliance and the value of high-visibility yellow vests improving the conspicuity of motorcyclists so that they are actually seen by other vehicle drivers, however we welcome the overall safety message to riders and other vehicle drivers.”

That message is, “Motorcycles are often hidden in a motorist's blind spot or masked by backgrounds. For that reason, motorists should double-check blind spots, rearview and side mirrors before changing lanes or making turns. They don't benefit from a protective metal environment or the stability of four wheels. But as a driver you can help keep bikers safe by remembering a few basic rules.”

“To ensure you don't have an injury to another road user on your conscience KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS.”

Right To Ride says - So save yourselves, watch your throttle, watch out for other drivers and riders!

PSNI Speed Awareness
MAYO Road Safety

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