Carnage on our roads

2017-04-27 06:02

SOUTH Africa recorded over 1 000 road deaths this Easter. Let us help to stop this road carnage now.

We must implement some ideas from the Australian and Swedish road-traffic authorities. The road-traffic campaigns that Sweden and Australia have implemented work well and have drastically reduced road accidents and fatalities.

Education relating to road traffic rules and bylaws are ongoing and have been intensified by the authorities.

Motor vehicles in Australia are fitted with electronic devices that remind drivers to stop every two hours to rest while travelling on national roads.

The national roads are well constructed, clearly marked and maintained. Road signs are clear and visible. Emergency aid and medical services are on high alert, with vehicles stationed at every toll plaza. Helicopter services monitor traffic events from the air.

There is a strong police presence and visibility of road traffic officers 24/7 on all national roads. Heavy fines and harsh sentences are imposed on traffic offenders. Drivers’ licences are endorsed and negative points are recorded against the offenders’ licence.

To my fellow South Africans, please plan your journey and route, and start your trip early, be courteous and drive safely.


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