Re­spon­si­bil­ity be­hind wheel

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

I am sad­dened by yet an­other tragic car crash in Shoal­wa­ter.

I am a reg­u­lar bi­cy­cle rider and walker and use the same path­way where this lat­est tragedy oc­curred.

I feel com­pelled to do more than send my thoughts to those af­fected.

These tragedies af­fect many peo­ple be­yond the few who are di­rectly in­volved.

Ev­ery one of us feels less safe just walk­ing or rid­ing a bi­cy­cle along a busy road.

When we can­not even feel safe walk­ing along a quiet road where the speed limit is 50 km/h, we re­ally have to ques­tion what is wrong.

Why are these tragedies treated as un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dents when in fact they are a con­flu­ence of neg­li­gent ac­tions on the part of a range of peo­ple?

Why do we tol­er­ate the on­go­ing car­nage that amounts to the equiv­a­lent of an on­go­ing war? Why is it nec­es­sary for cars to go so fast?

Why is one death a year from a shark at­tack head­line news when 200 road deaths a year is just an­other daily event?

I ap­pre­ci­ate that the mo­tor car of­fers great con­ve­nience but along with this con­ve­nience, we should put a lot more em­pha­sis on the huge re­spon­si­bil­ity that is in­her­ent in driv­ing a ve­hi­cle that is so heavy and ca­pa­ble of such speed. Roselt Croeser Shoal­wa­ter

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