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2015-04-17 13:06

BETTER POLICING NEEDED: Traffic officials should focus o nunlicensed drivers and remove unroadworthy vehicles.Image: Shutterstock

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The Easter weekend saw a high number of deaths on our roads, despite the efforts of law enforcement. Spokesperson for the Western Cape transport MEC, Siphesihle Dube, reveals that most road deaths were pedestrians.

DAVE THOMPSON

The reasons for the incidence of road traffic crashes involving heavy commercial vehicles is not the mere presence on the road of heavy commercial vehicles during peak hours as Minister Dipuo Peters proposed regulation implies, it is:

1 The presence of unroadworthy vehicles on the road (failure of traffic police to impound unroadworthy vehicles).

2 The presence of unlicensed drivers on the road (failure of traffic police to apprehend unlicensed drivers).

3 Incidence of careless driving and reckless and negligent driving (failure of traffic police to apprehend careless and reckless and negligent drivers).

GET OUT FROM BEHIND BUSHES

In short it is the traffic departments' propensity for sitting behind bushes with speed monitoring devices rather than policing "other moving offences", as they are commonly known in America, and their complete failure to police the essentials of traffic management...those which are the major causes of traffic crashes.

When are the traffic departments going to learn that speed in itself cannot be the cause of accidents, it only exacerbates the result. It the difference between injury, severe injury and death.

The traffic departments are far too prone to targeting the "soft" targets with their revenue earning tactics rather than actually doing their job of policing traffic management and keeping the roads free of unroadworthy vehicles and incompetent unlicensed drivers.

Rather than reduce the incidence of road traffic crashes, Minister Peters' proposed regulation will increase the incidence involving heavy commercial vehicles through the drivers trying to make up the time lost through the restriction and taking chances and, therefore a greater propensity for careless and reckless and negligent driving.



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