Killing fields that are SA roads

2016-02-03 06:00

IT’S been said that any law which is not enforced turns into a bad law. This applies equally to the road ordinances.

RTI spokespeople have been on record recently describing reckless South African drivers as murderers, saying they should be treated accordingly.

There’s no doubt that many South Africans turn into killers when they get behind the wheel. We are indeed exceedingly reckless and treat the law as if it were an ass.

The death of 1 755 people, and roughly 10 times that being seriously injured, in less than a month, compared to 500-odd people in an entire year on the roads in Holland, which are far busier than ours, boggles the mind.

The cost to society, whether in direct costs or the loss of highly skilled people, is astronomical and is bringing the country to its knees, and it’s getting worse.

The real question is - if reckless drivers are murderers, then are those who refuse to enforce the laws of the road not accessories to the killing fields of SA roads?

Drive on virtually any SA road at any time of the day or night, and within two minutes you will see someone breaking the law. Perhaps they have no brake lights or are crossing a barrier line, or not stopping at a stop sign, and certainly there are many under the influence, driving unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles and obviously speeding.

In fact, is it not ministers Dipuo Peters and Willies Mchunu who are at fault because they clearly have no stomach to get the RTI to enforce the laws of the road?

They are the ones who have turned all the laws of our roads into bad laws.

That’s where the buck stops - at the top. And we, the drivers, are the fools who think that because Peters and Mchunu are looking the other way, we can break the law with impunity, forgetting that the law is our friend - it’s there to prevent us injuring ourselves and others.

I find myself doing it, knowing I’ll never be charged.


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