Be responsible on the road

17 December 2018 | Columns

The festive season is finally here and many of us will be hitting the roads to spend the last moments of 2018 with our loved ones. However, despite repeated calls each year to avoid recklessness and irresponsible behaviour on our roads, it appears road safety messages are falling on deaf ears. This is disturbingly so, considering the high number of fatalities recorded on our national roads every month. We are not only robbed of productive citizens, but it has to be said that the dramatic costs of road accidents also create a number of difficult consequences for our countrymen and women. Obviously the most urgent task is to end the carnage that is caused by reckless and irresponsible motorists. One life lost is one too many. We can al contribute in many ways to arrest the status quo. Our attitudes on the road stinks and it is incumbent upon us to practice better driving patterns and follow the law, so that we do not become part of the statistics. We must at all times observe speed limits, while being considerate to other equally important road users. As motorists we have a responsibility to ensure that our vehicles are roadworthy and meet all traffic standards. Speed also plays a major role and therefore excessive speeding must be strongly discouraged. We should all aspire to be good road safety ambassadors, because the shenanigans on our roads affect us all. It is that easy, really. Just buckle up, drive sober, and stay safe on the roads this holiday season.

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