Road safety: Change your mind
Written by: Kgomotso Meso
Leading up to 2 April will once again see police, major road blocks and statements from all corners of the Transport Ministry on how we need to use the road responsibility.
While the message of “it all starts with each and every one of us is true,” there is a nerve that is being missed by current messages such as ‘Speed Kills’, ‘Keep a Safe Following Distance’, ‘Buckle Up’ and all other messages that have to do with road safety.
Is every part of that department working together, around the clock to curb the carnage?
Deaths on the roads are not significantly decreasing, so what is the problem?
Is it because motorists still believe that there will little or no consequences for their actions since there is minimal enforcement on the roads?
I have had conversations with people that say that their loved ones that live abroad are always shocked to see the absolute lawlessness on the roads and are even more shocked at how easy it is to get away with it.
There are two issues we need to address:
- Motorists are careless and the price is hefty.
- Enforcement is too relaxed and again it that comes with a hefty price.
I guess until we address the issue of enforcement, nothing much can happen. We can preach until we are blue in the face. Without enforcement and change of attitude, people will continue to die on the roads.
Education is great, now we need to enforce the laws.
My part, your part and our part is to do our best with this problem.
The only thing that is in our control is our decision-making process.
Everything starts with a decision, and it’s your decision to break the rules of the road.
This Easter I would like to challenge you to change your mind about the roads.
- change your mind about talking on the phone and texting while driving.
- Change your mind about speeding.
- Change your mind about overtaking cars over solid lines.
- Change your mind about beating traffic lights.
- Change your mind about drinking and driving.
- Change your mind about crossing the highway.
- Change your mind about over loading kids, people and even goods in your vehicles.
- Change your mind about driving drowsy- take the required breaks.
It’s Critical that the Department of transport forces others to Change their minds by enforcing the law.
Use #ChangeYourMind to suggest alternative ways of driving on the roads this Easter,