Road accidents: enough is enough
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. Rev Maudu Morudu