There was a time, not so long ago, when the greatest hazard on Pietermaritzburg’s roads involved little old women on Sunday afternoons engaged in unpredictable manoeuvres in cars almost as ancient as themselves. Recent press coverage indicates the extent to which this situation has changed. A dangerously high proportion of drivers behave unacceptably on the road. This provides a worrying reflection of national social norms: lack of respect for rules and regulations and general safety and wellbeing are demonstrated in behaviour elsewhere in society, Energetic official campaigns promoting safe driving and promising zero tolerance for recklessness are clearly falling on very deaf ears. And, far from providing leadership, some politicians even believe they have a right to break the speeding laws and endanger other road users.