Roland Fisher
1 minute read
19 Apr 2021
06:25

Letter of the week | Will Aarto be enough to change the lawless behaviour on our roads?

Roland Fisher

Having had a driver’s licence for 52 years, I must admit I have never seen such lawless, seemingly untrained, no-consequence driving by my fellow South Africans as I have of late.

LETTER:


Having had a driver’s licence for 52 years, I must admit I have never seen such lawless, seemingly untrained, no-consequence driving by my fellow South Africans as I have of late.

Red traffic lights are optionally obeyed, as are traffic-circle rules, with tail-gating and impatience all on display daily. Overtaking in the face of on-coming traffic in spite of solid barrier lines, as evidenced by daily media reports of head-on collisions between bakkies and buses, trucks and cars, taxis and trucks, etc., would indicate little or no education on the basics of road behaviour, general safety and simple common sense.

Red traffic lights are optionally obeyed, as are traffic-circle rules, with tail-gating and impatience all on display daily. Overtaking in the face of on-coming traffic in spite of solid barrier lines, as evidenced by daily media reports of head-on collisions between bakkies and buses, trucks and cars, taxis and trucks, etc., would indicate little or no education on the basics of road behaviour, general safety and simple common sense.
Roland Fisher

So I look forward to the proposed introduction of Aarto. But then again, noting the absence of traffic police on the roads and the increasing bad and lawless behaviour of our law officials, perhaps my optimism of Aarto changing the driving landscape is wasted.

ROLAND FISHER

 Durban

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