Time to curb SA’s reck­less driv­ing

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Do­minique Dube

WHILE we cel­e­brate, it is heart­break­ing that some did not make it to wel­come and embrace the new year, all be­cause of reck­less driv­ing.

Ev­ery year we hear the same nar­ra­tives about safe driv­ing but un­for­tu­nately they fall on deaf ears.

To a cer­tain ex­tent we know the cause of these road ac­ci­dents.

Fa­tigue, dis­trac­tions be­cause of use of cell­phones while driv­ing, over-speed­ing to make quick bucks, fes­tive eu­pho­ria and reck­less over­tak­ing are some of the habits that cause road ac­ci­dents.

Taxi driv­ers are a law unto them­selves, and be­lieve me, most of the road ac­ci­dents in­volve taxis, and as a re­sult we lose in­no­cent souls.

A new ac­tion plan must be carved if we are to curb the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties on our roads – harsher pun­ish­ment for those who dis­obey the rules of the road, a com­plete ban on the use of cell­phones while driv­ing, and maybe the speed lim­its and rules of over­tak­ing must also be read­dressed. Harsher pun­ish­ment will act as a de­ter­rent to would-be trans­gres­sors.

It is time for our law en­force­ment agents to knuckle down and make sure the rules of the road are fol­lowed.

Bribers and those who ac­cept bribes must be dealt with se­verely.

For the past years we have been stuck on plan A, it is time for plan B – knuckle down to save in­no­cent souls. Hil­brow

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