LETTER: Driver responsibility

2016-05-03 06:00

For the past couple of years we hear and read of the daily carnage taking place on our highways, byways and pavements.

No matter what our devoted law enforcement officers put in place in the form of surveillance cameras, personal presence, roadblocks, high visibility, ghost squads, media briefings and electronic notice boards, the carnage on our roads goes unabated.

Let’s make one thing clear: without the presence of our law enforcement officials and all the tactics and strategies, driver anarchy will prevail.

No matter what the officials have in place or what they do, they cannot be behind every wheel of every driver driving their vehicles. Nor can they control the attitude of every driver who starts up their engine.

Keeping this in mind, we have to be truly realistic and apply the reasonable man criteria that law enforcement will never stop the road carnage on our highways and byways.

The only other strategy or tactic officials can use is to highlight or target the individual driver of every vehicle by notices and media channels.

Every driver who speeds; drives recklessly, negligently, or under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs; or acts out road rage; will have to bear the brunt of the outcome whether physically or financially.

Drivers must ensure that the vehicles they are driving – whether their own or of someone else’s – comply with the lawful requirements as specified in the Road Traffic Regulations or if apprehended the driver is personally responsible for the financial fines issued.

The drivers must be made totally aware that in the event of any vehicle driving offence the driver is responsible for their actions.

The traffic officials and transport department must target the drivers’ attitudes and bring to the fore that each and every driver is solely responsible for their good and bad attitudes on the road, no matter if they is or is not law enforcement in the vicinity.

It is all about that personal attitude while driving.

Keith Blake Ottery

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