La­w­less ro­ad u­sers

George Herald - - Briewe | Letters -

Liz Dek­ker:

Pe­de­stri­ans at the Me­a­de and Hi­ber­nia S­treet cros­sing ha­ve ab­so­lu­te­ly no re­spect for traf­fic lig­hts. Wit­hout look­ing left or rig­ht t­hey cross a­gainst red lig­hts, for­cing on­co­ming traf­fic to slow do­wn or stop at g­reen ro­bots, so t­hey can cross at lei­su­re. This is an ac­ci­dent wai­ting to hap­pen. On the ot­her hand, dri­vers in ge­ne­ral ha­ve no re­spect for four-way stop signs. A four-way stop me­ans stop. So­me do not stop at all or bra­ke to look left or rig­ht be­fo­re speeding a­cross. Pe­de­stri­an cros­sings are e­ven wor­se. Dri­vers ra­ce a­cross on either si­des of cros­sing pe­de­stri­ans wit­hout con­si­de­ring the sa­fe­ty of pe­de­stri­ans.

S­houldn’t law en­for­ce­ment ta­ke ti­me to ob­ser­ve the­se vi­o­la­ti­ons? Pe­op­le ha­ve de­ve­lo­ped a cul­tu­re of being "a­bo­ve the law".

Ge­or­ge Traf­fic Chief Do­no­van Sap­toe re­sponds:

The Ge­or­ge Traf­fic De­part­ment en­for­ces all traf­fic laws, ac­cor­ding to the Na­ti­o­nal Ro­ad Traf­fic Act, as it is a­ble with the staff com­ple­ment a­vai­la­ble to it. This in­clu­des mo­ni­to­ring of ‘hots­pots’ and is­suing of fi­nes w­he­re ap­pli­ca­ble. Ir­re­spon­si­ble and neg­li­gent ro­ad u­ser be­ha­vi­our is a glo­bal pro­blem, which in part can be ad­dres­sed by ro­ad sa­fe­ty a­wa­re­ness cam­paigns (the Ge­or­ge Traf­fic De­part­ment does re­gu­lar s­chool vi­sits and ro­ad sa­fe­ty cam­paigns) and stricter le­gis­la­ti­on (which is a na­ti­o­nal man­da­te).

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