SA road users want better law enforcement

2011-12-20 22:05

Johannesburg - South Africans say better law enforcement is more important in reducing deaths on the roads than decreasing the speed limit, according to a survey by marketing group TNS.

"While 71% of adults polled felt reducing the speed limit would be the best way to reduce the number of deaths, 81% felt better law enforcement would be the best solution," TNS head of innovation Neil Higgs said on Tuesday.

The study was conducted among 2 000 metropolitan adults at the end of October and early November this year.

Higgs said there was no notable differences by gender, age group or income but there are some differences by area.

"Whilst the need for better law enforcement is generally higher in most areas, it is reversed on the East Rand and in Pretoria, but is particularly high in Soweto and in all the coastal cities."

"The fact that both levels of response are so high suggests that this is seen to be a serious problem by most people, said Higgs.

"It is clear that better law enforcement is seen as central to the problem in almost all areas."

  • Betweenuandme - 2011-12-20 22:26

    Suggesting better law enforcement over reducing the speed means this: make sure other people adhere to the speed limit while I drive the way I want to!

  • Wayne - 2011-12-20 22:27

    Wow... who turned the lights back on ???? It's pretty damn logical... no law enforcement equals lawlessness equals complete disregard for fellow road users equals increased accidents and fatalities... Put the Bobby back on the beat and stop buying fancy cars for the Fat Cat that doesn't even drive !!!

  • Arno - 2011-12-20 23:13

    Its not ALWAYS the speed that kill's, its the damn person(s) sitting behind the stearingwheel that just can't drive!!

  • Tim - 2011-12-21 00:00

    Hell I would settle for SOME law enforcement on our road. I am not talking about sneaky cameras where the speed limit changes and the odd "Blitz" road block. I am talking about traffic cops actually out on the road , not sleeping under trees, eating doughnuts and drinking coffee but actually stopping cars and people who transgress. Oh but I suppose that would actually involve some actual work and maybe a few late hours..

  • Hedley Judd - 2011-12-21 06:13

    How is a sample of 2000 representative of all South Africans it is merely a tiny sample of whom there is no confirmation of whether they even have drivers licenses or a basic understanding of the rules of the road. The road traffic regulations need to become part of the school curriculum with exams each year. This will create better road use awareness.

  • Hugh - 2011-12-21 06:14

    No visible policing in a society that has been taught to stretch the interpretation of laws. How many times have I heard the excuse. No one explained properly, or there is nothing written making this anti social behaviour bad, as if breaking a moral rule or law the pretence of ignorance if just so okay. let us starts with speed comera's. The issuing of speeding fines by mail is BS. If one is stopped c***ped on from a dizzy height then given the fine it should make people more aware of the law and its enforcement. There is a very fine line between the wanton generating cash from fines to imposing fines on the spot. The pain of the time wasted and the reality of being caught without the get out of payment card that postal fines allow will work.

  • Chris - 2011-12-21 07:40

    Statistics available are absolutely useless to address the carnage on our roads! Determine what vehicles are the biggest player in road accidents - it will show that Taxis and Trucks are involved in the majority of accidents between vehicles. Two key factors will then materialise: 1) The majority of Taxi/Truck-drivers are not capable 2) The majority of Taxis/Trucks are not roadworthy. Address these issues and whollah, everybody will be safer on the roads!

      Sean - 2011-12-21 10:39

      I agree, we need to see the statistics for ourselves then one will see which vehicles are mostly at fault and also the reason that each accident took place for instance un-roadworthiness, wreckless driving un-licenced drivers cardboard brake pads etc.! I'm sure that these stats are kept at bay from the public's eye for a reason, cover-up comes to mind!

  • leon.muller - 2011-12-21 09:43

    No laws and rules would have any affect on anyone if there is no consequence. If a minister,police commisioner can commit fraud and nothing(jail sentence-stealing taxpayers money)happens to them, why should anybody adhere to any laws in South Africa.There are no small or big sins.Wrong is wrong.It bothers you or it doesn't. Mr. Zuma are you bothered or not.You are the country's leader.Lead-or blame everything else why you cant!!!!!!!

  • Ron - 2011-12-21 12:53

    Check the stats - taxis cause by far the greatest number of fatalities. Ban their use on long-haul trips during the holiday season and put on more busses and trains. Then, adopt a zero tolerance policy - immediately impound all unroadworthy vehicles on the spot, including those with faulty lights, brakes, tyres... and no number plates! Impound vehicles of reckless, negligent and drunk drivers. Suspend drivers licences of public transport operators who contravene the traffic laws - including driving in the yellow lane, stopping in the path of other traffic, illegal U-turns, etc. Park overloaded vehicles until the excess goods/passengers can be offloaded into other vehicles. In short, take no nonsense on our roads during the busy periods.

  • Gwen - 2011-12-26 08:04

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • Michele - 2011-12-26 20:39

    I was driving at the speed limit of 120 on our road - and was overtaken by a taxi on a blind rise. If that, and similar, behaviour could be curtailed I believe our road carnage would diminish.

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