The recent tragic events in Pinetown, and let's face it they
happen on a daily basis to a lesser or greater degree in various parts of the
country, once again spark debate about our ability to avoid or prevent such tragedy.
Only yesterday I was so close to becoming one of the tragic
statistics when a driver in a Mozambique registered vehicle forced me to take
avoiding action and leave the road for the bush, because he was overtaking in a
blind bend, poor light and travelling too fast - I was not a happy puppy!
The debate that I have read on this site and others is
filled with criticism, abhorrence, fear, anger - just about every negative
emotion you can think of - and rightly so.
But no one is offering a solution that presents evidence of
some thought processes being evident?
So where does the solution lie? I offer my suggestions.
Create an Organisation tasked exclusively with the
responsibility, and accountability, for Road Safety and Traffic Regulation
compliance. This would have to be a
multifaceted approach whereby (and I confess that I am applying my logic here
not expertise) the following functions be exclusively tasked to the members of
such an organisation:-
· All Traffic
Officers currently employed at Local, Provincial and State level are
transferred to this organisation - no exceptions
allocated to Local, Provincial and State entities are redirected to this
organisation for a period of not more than one year - To be used to establish
revenue is to be collected from transgressors of the law.
· All staff
within the organisation are remunerated on a performance basis - that is they
are given a target to collect which determines the level of their income.
"moving offences" are to be weighted at a higher, even draconian
level, thereby focussing on conduct in the traffic by the individual.
· In addition
employees of any company who are required to drive a vehicle in order to
generate an income must have their income protected if they are called upon to
drive a vehicle that is not fully street compliant.
enforcement organisation must be a non cost/non profit entity
mandate must be to evolve traffic regulations that force compliance by road
users at a zero tolerance level.
There is a lot more that needs to be considered, absence of
suitable public transport, desperation for employment amongst others. But the bottom line is that if we want a
different result then something different needs to be done.
Above all there needs to be Political Will to make the
changes - Without this we are doomed to a misery on the roads
Just my thoughts - What are yours?
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