Roads are a lawless nightmare
DRIVING in the Joburg CBD is a nightmare.There is complete lack of respect for traffic rules by normal motorists, taxi drivers and pedestrians.
Daily I witness literally hundreds of transgressions. There are few Joburg metro police department officers around and, if they are there, they do nothing about enforcing the law and issuing fines.
Motorists, especially taxi drivers, drive right through red traffic lights. It’s so bad that I now slow down at green robots.
On a daily basis I get hooted at for stopping at red lights, for allowing pedestrians to cross when the lights are in their favour and for stopping at a green light to avoid blocking an intersection.
Pedestrians too are a nightmare, crossing wherever they want to. I would be interested in knowing how many jaywalking fines have been issued.
I was in Germany about two years ago on a media trip with other South African journalists. Without thinking, we crossed a road when the pedestrian lights were red.
A woman shouted that we were setting a very bad example for children. She was right.
I remember the days when jaywalking in Joburg was a punishable offence and carried a fine. I also remember getting a fine because my front tyres were a couple of centimetres over the white lines at an intersection.