Passengers need to take ownership of road safety
EDITOR — In the wake of recent traffic accidents allow me to urge fellow travellers that our lives on the roads must be in our hands, we should take responsibility over our safety.
Choosing to entrust a business person (transporter) or law officer (police) with your life is not justifiable when tragedy strikes.
A FunCargo vehicle is a four seater vehicle, five seater at most but you find 12 people all squashed into this little box.
Agreed, police must discharge their duty but they are not at every metre on the road.
The recent Chegutu accident could have happened well before a police check point.
The cause of accidents on the roads is not the VID or the police or bad roads for that matter.
Accidents are caused by drivers who drive recklessly, the car owners who put unroadworthy vehicles on routes and the passengers who have a total disregard for their own lives having the nerve to ride in these death traps.
How many times do you hear a commuter encouraging a kombi driver to speed? How many kombis have you ever seen running empty because commuters have boycotted them for being unfit to carry people?
How many demonstrations by the public have we witnessed against bad road behaviour by kombi owners and drivers?
Yet we are quick to blame police, roads, corruption etc. It’s time we took responsibility for our lives. When a fatal accident happens the police or corrupt official at VID or the vehicle owners sitting at home won’t die in sympathy.
One dies alone. Avoiding accidents on the roads is everybody’s responsibility ultimately but it starts with the person whose life could be lost.
Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that people arrive safe at their respective destinations a collective effort is needed in eradicating accidents.
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