Impatience a killer on N3
THE main users of the N3, truck drivers, are braced against the reckless drivers who come out during the holiday season.
Miles le Roux, transport engineer at N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), confirmed that impatient drivers continue to cause the most motor vehicle crashes on the N3 toll route.
He said reckless drivers often commit a number of traffic offences posing a danger to themselves and other persons sharing the road with them. “It is worrying to note how many drivers, especially at peak times such as school holidays, become impatient in traffic and as a result adopt unsafe driver behaviour, disregard safety and violate traffic laws,” said Le Roux.
“The general attitude of South African drivers remains poor. The majority of all crashes on the N3 toll route are due to human behaviour and errors of judgement. Generally, it seems drivers show little respect for themselves, other road users and the law. They seem to be proud of breaking the law and getting away with it,” said Le Roux.
The dominant types of crashes on the N3 toll route during the first part of 2016 were: • Vehicles rolling — 23,8% • Leaving the road — 22,0% • Crashing into stationary vehicles — 14,4%
“Drivers need to be aware of just how dangerous driving actually is. They are often not skilled enough for the speeds and conditions they encounter on the road. If we truly want to overcome our road safety challenges, drivers will have to take responsibility for their actions and change their behaviour.”