Personal Accountability on the Roads

South African motorists need to learn personal accountability and regard for the rules when on the roads.

Annual statistics show that during the Easter weekends, traffic volumes peak and road users are more susceptible to crashes and vehicle damage, and it is during such periods that everyone needs to exercise the utmost caution.

The Automobile Association (AA) says, however, that general motorist behaviour during the rest of the year leaves much to be desired and that lack of accountability is fast becoming a contributor to the increasing numbers of crashes – especially the fatal ones.

The AA, says that the lack of personal accountability on South African roads is further manifested by the blatant disregard for the rules of the road and dismissive behaviour. “Looking around, it’s easy to see what is happening on our roads – the construction and revamping of freeways requires that we follow the signs and do as we are told. With a widespread lack of understanding and tolerance, most drivers choose to ignore road signs and dismiss them when it suits them.”

The AA also adds that personal accountability is about choosing to get into your car and making a decision to be a fair, patient and pleasant motorist. “You cannot adapt the rules according to what is momentarily favourable for you or your time; and you cannot continue being reckless just because you manage to get away with it. Bad decisions lead to even worse consequences.”

The AA urges motorists to begin practising personal accountability – not only during holiday periods but every day too. While waiting for Government and the Department of Transport to implement stricter laws and more stringent punishment for traffic offenders, South Africans have to do their part and practice responsibility every day, take responsibility for their actions and do the right thing.

Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
011 799 1126

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