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2013-04-12 13:07

PLAN OF ACTION FOR SA: Reader GERRIT KELLERMAN has a plan to reduce the horrendous death toll on our roads. Image – SAPA

GERRIT KELLERMAN

"If there is any earnest commitment from the state and the traffic authorities to reduce the slaughter on South African roads the following measures should be implemented. The difference will be clearly visible by December 2013.

'ZERO ALCOHOL TOLERANCE'

1 Pedestrians should be kept off ALL highways. In cases where the pedestrian was drunk, this should not be counted as a “drunken driving incident”.
2. 0% alcohol tolerance on our roads (0.05% is just as good as 0%)
3. Overloaded vehicles, whether buses, taxis or trucks, should be confiscated and destroyed.

4 Speed Limits:
ALL commercial passenger vehicles (buses and taxis): 80km/h
ALL vehicles above 3500kg: 80km/h
ALL bakkies and 4x4’s - 100km/h (bakkies are supposed to carry cargo, 4x4’s are supposed to climb mountains)
General speed limit: 120km/h

With the multi-million rand equipment the traffic departments have these days it should be possible to track the speed of all the different classes of vehicles on the road.
Should it be deemed necessary vehicles should be governed to the maximum speed allowed for the class of vehicle, and if the governor is tampered with, the vehicle is confiscated and destroyed.

Should there be any “if’s or “buts” to the above statements then I assume that earnest commitment from the state went out of the door and that any attempt to make the roads safer will be in vain.

5 Licences

We should implement a decent driver-training system. The K53 system is a parking licence and not a driving licence.
Drivers found without a licence or with an illegal licence should have their vehicles confiscated and they should be jailed.

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