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Reader: Culture change needed

2013-01-07 11:38

Gerrit van Vuuren

CHANGE in MIND SET: Is the best solution for society combat the SA road death statistics to break away from a culture of blatant disrespect of road rules?

CAPE TOWN - The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for a lifetime licence ban for drivers guilty of drunk-driving on South Africa's roads.

IFP spokesman Velaphi Ndlovu said: "It is shocking to note that the (2012/13) festive season is not even officially over and already 1279 people have been killed on South Africa's roads."

Reader Gerrit van Vuuren believes that only a change in the mindset of citizens and government will bring about any sort of substantial change to the road deaths statistics.

"Why do we keep talking about road deaths, and do nothing about it?

People are quick to support an action campaign against toll roads, or whatever else. However the fact that more than 40 people are murdered on our roads daily is blatantly ignored.


It is not the well-meaning motorist who exceeds the speed limit by 5 km/h that causes the problem. There is a culture of blatant disrespect of road rules and the safety of other road users that has to be addressed, and soon.

Ignoring red traffic lights, stop streets, white lines, not adapting speed to road circumstances, driving under the influence of alcohol, and the list goes on....

Why is nothing done about this? Because police, traffic officers and government officials are just as guilty as taxi drivers and other perpetrators.

The only way to change this situation is for every citizen, including government, to buy into changing this irresponsible, lawless culture. If it means taking every drunken & lawless driver off the road, then so be it.

Rather this, than continuing with what can only be described as mass murder."

Do you agree with Gerrit's sentiments on a life ban for drunk drivers? Should traffic cops stop trying to ambush drivers? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24. Or use the Readers' Comments section below...

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