Road ac­ci­dents: enough is enough

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Rev Maudu Morudu

THE LOSS of lives on the coun­try’s roads due to car ac­ci­dents is dis­turb­ing.

The re­cent ac­ci­dent on the N1 near Ham­man­skraal be­tween a taxi and a bakkie in which 16 peo­ple were killed is tes­ti­mony to me that enough is enough with road ac­ci­dents.

I have per­son­ally seen the wreck­age of both ve­hi­cles and it is heart­break­ing to think of those who were in­side at the time. Their fam­i­lies were wait­ing for them with love af­ter the trips that they took. Painfully, they just got dev­as­tat­ing news about their loved ones.

There are road rules that pre­scribe and gov­ern the man­ner in which driv­ers must be­have while driv­ing.

The Ar­rive Alive cam­paign has been there to bring aware­ness and cau­tion to road users. Ad­ver­tise­ments are all over the place, in the me­dia and on bill­boards, to warn road users about the dan­ger of not obey­ing the road rules.

Nev­er­the­less, we see the loss of lives on the roads con­tin­u­ing.

I re­flected on the main causes of these road ac­ci­dents. It is true that not all ac­ci­dents are caused by care­less driv­ing, but, ac­cord­ing to reports, most of them are the re­sult of care­less driv­ing and lack of re­spect for road rules and other road users. Much as there are care­ful driv­ers who obey the rules at all times, many don’t.

Some road ac­ci­dents hap­pen be­cause of the bad conduct and at­ti­tude of driv­ers.

Some ig­nore speed lim­its. There is no way they can safely come to a halt when there is a need for an emer­gency stop.

Over­tak­ing at the wrong place is also a com­mon prac­tice, and some driv­ers never stop at a stop sign.

Driv­ing cars that are not road­wor­thy, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of alcohol and use of cell­phones while driv­ing are other causes of road ac­ci­dents.

I be­lieve many lives would be saved if all driv­ers could be care­ful and obeyed the road rules at all times. Temba, Ham­man­skraal

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