Witness Reporter
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19 Jul 2022
06:31

Our Viewpoint | Road authorities must step in

Witness Reporter

Roads in KwaZulu-Natal have been reduced to dangerous deathtraps as the lack of law enforcement translates into coffin tallies.

Our viewpoint

It was yet another grim weekend on the province’s roads.

Our headline in Monday’s newspaper said at least 18 people had died.

Since then, we heard of another person that was killed on the roads. It’s unsurprising.

Roads in KwaZulu-Natal have been reduced to dangerous deathtraps as the lack of law enforcement translates into coffin tallies.

Here, there is no visible policing to speak of.

Remember the days when you saw flashing speed cameras fining errant drivers for going over 60 kms in residential areas?

Remember when traffic police pulled you over for a vehicle check?

How about the threat of a big fine for shooting a red traffic light, or doing a u-turn on a solid white line.

The rules of the road may as well be non-existent for the large number of drivers we see transgressing them each day.

Many people have been shocked to see up to four cars go through a red robot at a time.

They all get away with it, but this makes for hazardous driving for anyone who trust their fellow drivers to adhere to the rules of the road.

It is, regrettably, now foolish to place your trust in the drivers around you. You have to expect that they will do the unexpected and the unlawful.

If you don’t you may be placing your life, and those of your passengers, at risk.

These driving conditions are just another sad indictment on a country whose laws are flagrantly disregarded by those who believe the rules don’t apply to them.

It was speculated that speeding could have been the cause of the horror crash at Mpophomeni on Saturday night resulting in needless carnage – with 12 people dead –  and unspeakable tragedy for the families.

As a collective we have to again call on authorities to start enforcing speed limits and basic rules of the road.

It seems that drivers cannot self-regulate their behaviour so authorities must step up. If they don’t, mayhem and chaos will continue to prevail.