12 September 2012: Over the past few months, motorists may have noticed an increased police presence on our roads. However, they seem to be conveniently positioned under the shade of a tree, around a corner, on a downhill slope, armed with speed measuring equipment. This has added to speculation that police units are instructed to reach a certain target each day, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to catch unsuspecting motorists coming around a corner 5km too fast.
But what about the myriad of infringements that go unnoticed on our roads every day, the little things that are conveniently ignored and that, when you add them all up, become the root cause of the tragedy on our roads.
How often do we see vehicles driving in the yellow lane, not indicating, running a red traffic light, stopping randomly without warning or pushing in on freeway exits? And how much is being done to bring motorists to task about their bad driving habits. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and by establishing a police presence that deals with smaller infringements, effective policing could instil the necessary fear factor in motorists needed to encourage them to obey the laws of the road or else! says the Automobile Association South Africa (AA).
Policing on our roads needs to be all encompassing, and make motorists aware that bad behaviour does not pay off. In some cases, motorists are so accustomed to their bad habits that they may have forgotten what they are doing is illegal, says the AA. Attentive patrols on our roads would manage bad behaviour, but could well pick up trends in the traffic where motorists are committing regular offences and even find ways to manage these infringements better in the future.
At the end of the day, the police are there as a force for good, to assist and help motorists on the road and ensure safer roads for all motorists and pedestrians. A strong and alert law enforcement presence on our roads means more vigilant and attentive drivers, a win-win situation for everyone, says the AA.
Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
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