No surprise there is carnage on the roads

2016-02-03 06:00

IF we ever should wonder about the carnage on our roads, I got a glimpse of why it is so a few days ago.

On Saturday, I travelled on the N3 towards Durban. I was doing 120km/h according to my GPS when two minibus taxis­, proudly (?) displaying 100km/h speed-limit stickers on the back, flew past me.

About 200 metres down the road a traffic officer in his official vehicle was going in the same direction when these two minibuses went past him.

He did not even so much as blink an eye at this flagrant transgression of the speed limit for minibus taxis. It seems to me that they could have travelled at 200km/h and that would have been okay as well.

This morning, on my way to gym and back, I saw seven vehicles breaking the law in a one-block stretch of road from the traffic lights at the Botanical Gardens to the traffic lights at the Mayors Walk bridge. Two of them skipped red lights. Three exceeded the speed limit and passed on a solid white line. Two kept going straight from the right-turn lane at the traffic light. This behaviour took place between 4.45 am and 5.45 am, a time when there is not a traffic officer in sight and it seems that the traffic laws are to be ignored.

All of these actions have the potential for serious accidents and possible deaths but this happens every day.

Until our traffic department steps in and starts to enforce the law again properly, we cannot expect the road carnage to stop.

JOHAN ODENDAAL

Via email

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