Mayhem on the world’s most dangerous roads

2015-09-09 06:00

A FIVE-MINUTE drive through Hilton every morning gives ample evidence why South Africa is the most dangerous countries in the world to drive a car, according to stats.

Recently, I passed two cars with only one headlight. Then I crossed a barrier line, because it’s convenient, checking there were no cars behind me and no oncoming traffic - safe but illegal. I do it every day. Then three taxis crossed the same barrier line and parked illegally on the on-ramp to PMB.

Then a huge truck and trailer crossed from the off-ramp to the on-ramp, crossing a barrier line to get ahead of similar behemoths on the highway, causing cars to brake sharply.

Then another car crossed the barrier line, and I again crossed the barrier line, safely but illegally. Frankly it’s mayhem.

On the way home, there were two more vehicles with defective lights. In just five minutes, a traffic cop could have earned his or her day’s wages and helped the people of Hilton respect the law. But there was no cop to be seen and there never is, and lawless South Africans continue to die like flies.

BARRIE LEWIS

Hilton

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