Road safety begins with police

2016-02-18 06:00

I HAVE to endorse your editorial comments about the flagrant disregard of the law by the very people who are paid to uphold it.

Even in the absence of any emergency, as you ask, how often do we see police and traffic officers exceeding the speed limit, driving and overtaking lawlessly and recklessly, failing to maintain a safe following distance, parking and stopping in dangerous places, and using police vehicles for various unofficial purposes such as ferrying pedestrians and doing personal shopping.

I feel strongly about commenting on this issue because on the day prior to reading the editorial I was obliged to drive in and between Port Shepstone and Marburg, during which time I saw all, but two of these abuses being committed.

On a slightly different but equally serious tack, in addition to committing this offence themselves, I was disturbed to see the traffic police ignore double parking by private vehicles on the main road and most dangerously, on intersections, right on the stop lines next to the traffic lights where the culprits had blocked lanes by parking and leaving their locked and empty cars obstructing traffic while they went into shops.

There was a very serious increase in road deaths this year, especially in KZN. The habitual and aggressive tail-gating of mainly taxis and trucks on our roads often forces me to exceed speed limits in the interests of safety.

Why are the police not attending to this and the constant illegal hooting of taxis, which makes the intended purpose of a hooter, a means of warning,redundant?

Reluctant Driver

I was disturbed to see the traffic police ignore double
parking by private vehicles on the main road and most
dangerously, on

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