Make our roads safe again

2016-03-10 06:00

ON the highway returning from Durban to Port Shepstone this week I was horrified to see a huge heap of hardened tar, perhaps a metre high and two metres across, on the left-hand side of the tarred surface.

It was in the lane demarked by a yellow line which, although not a normal traffic lane, is legally usable by cars in the event of an obstruction or emergency. Imagine hitting that great lump of hard tar at any speed. Not only would your car be severely damaged, the wheels would leave the ground and the vehicle would take flight. Imagine the consequences to the occupants of the vehicle and the threat of a flying car to other road users or pedestrians.

Also imagine the sheer indolence, stupidity and, above all, irresponsibility of the contractor who is responsible for such a shocking deed. Where is the law? Will traffic officers report this and will there be severe consequences for those responsible? Of course not. The wide perception is that the law is there only to parasite the motorist exceeding the speed limit usually by the most negligible number of kilometres per hour.

And while I’m at it, I lost count of the number of taxis exceeding the 100km/h limit applying to them emblazoned on the back of their vehicle as though to flaunt their patent lawlessness.

The same applies to the drivers of huge trucks who, like the taxi drivers and many members of the law enforcement departments, drive as though they are above the law. When will we see these serious offenders brought to book and taken off the road where they have no legal or moral right to endanger lives? The time is long overdue to aim law enforcement at the culprits who make our roads a living nightmare.


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