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Letter of the day: Where are the #rational road users?

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am constantly reminded that the more things change, the more they remain the same. For years, the National Road Safety Council and other stakeholders have been preaching the road-safety sermon Sunday after Sunday to road users, in general, and motorists, in particular, to exercise extreme caution when using the nation's roads.

It appears that this goodwill message has fallen on deaf ears. No matter how horrific or graphic an accident may be to some curious onlookers, eyewitnesses and even some of the survivors, they just don't learn.

One would expect that lessons would have been learnt - don't overtake carelessly, no speeding, get enough rest, don't drink and drive, etc. One can't but notice beachgoers and political party supporters who usually travel long distances revelling and engaging in risky manoeuvres (sitting on window ledges, hanging precariously outside of buses, etc.) to the detriment of themselves and others.

The authorities are at their wits' end. No amount of public-education campaigns or speed traps or press conferences will resolve the problem.

CAPACITY TO THINK

I believe what is required is a renewal of our capacity to think - and to think rationally. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear, and those who have eyes to see, let them see.

We cannot continue on this trajectory down the path of recklessness which results in death accompanied by grief and mourning. There is already too much despair and trauma brought about by criminals wreaking havoc in the society.

I call on the motorists and pedestrians alike to play a greater role in resolving this perennial problem by shouldering greater responsibility insofar as personal safety is concerned.

The authorities must employ more stringent measures to prosecute offenders who continue to flout the law and put the lives of others at risk. So let's all make a concerted effort to avoid the avoidable.

ANDRE R. SMITH

ceoandre@aol.com

St Mary