Attitude drives road accidents

2015-05-26 06:00

I cannot understand how people still drive recklessly, still speed and still drink and drive even though they see or read how many peole are arrested for this.

The carnage on the roads still carries on unabated even if the law enforcement agencies announce they will be executing roadblocks or checkpoints.

The reason for this non-compliance to the rules of the road or safe driving is attitude. Attitude is defined as “A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself, indicative of a mood or condition”. Let’s go one step further – with attitude is another lane called arrogance: “Excessively convinced of one’s own self-importance”.

These two conditions put the foot hard on the accelerator. I have personally seen how others, and sorry to say myself too, experienced another vehicle just driving too slowly for our liking or turning without using an indicator in front of us, then arrogance and attitude makes us aggressive. Then the foot is plunged hard on the pedal to exact road-rage revenge.

The type of vehicle one drives also triggers attitude and arrogance for some law-abiding citizens and then the vehicle of status or stature becomes an Arabian stallion ridden by a take-no-prisoner gladiator.

Let’s not forget the driver with the pimp-my-ride vehicle, the super souped up vehicle – once the key is turned the peacock attitude kicks in and when the pedal paddling is enhanced the arrogant, untrained racing driver makes the road his racing track with no regard or respect for other road users.

Lastly, the one for the road, that one is normally way and above the legal limit and then the attitude is those famous words “I can drive my car”. That arrogant nature makes you the most dangerous potential killer on the highways and byways.

I request the courts to increase the penalties of those found guilty. We need to see those fines in our media and social networks on a monthly basis


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