Road mayhem

2007-12-31 00:00

Despite all appeals and warnings, local drivers have once again exhibited gross irresponsibility (verging, in some instances, on criminal lunacy) on the roads.

The toll at Christmas was bad and the New Year celebrations could result in something worse still.

It is clear that dire threats at high-risk periods are no substitute for consistently vigorous policing throughout the year, but in the circumstances that now prevail perhaps only a high-profile police presence coupled with immediate and severe penalties can offer a degree of protection to law-abiding road users.

The message for all who want a safe passage into the new year must be to stay sober and drive defensively.

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