document : Road Safety : SAGMJ urges Minister to get serious about road safety


Road Safety : SAGMJ urges Minister to get serious about road safety
information supplied by: SAGMJ - Chairman 22 September 2011

The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists implores the minister of transport not only to reconsider the ill advised reduction in speed limits, but to take urgent steps to improve safety on South African roads.

It does not require scientific research to see that South Africa's appalling road safety record is directly attributable to the authorities' ill conceived law enforcement practices. Fundamental rules, such as stopping at red lights and stop streets, obeying the directions on traffic lanes and keeping to the left of barrier lines are disregarded with impunity on an endemic scale with the apparent approval of the law enforcement agencies while ever more sophisticated equipment is employed to prosecute speeding offenders exclusively.

This lamentable state of affairs not only demoralises the law abiding citizen, but also undermines the legitimacy of the entire road traffic law enforcement process.

SAGMJ chairman, Danie van Jaarsveld, urges the minister to “Yellow card all breakers of all road traffic laws consistently and relentlessly, to halt the state's dereliction of its responsibility to its citizens and to restore order on our roads. It is then, and only then, that the unabated mayhem on our roads will show signs of diminishing.”
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