Im­pa­tience a killer on N3

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.”

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