THE EDITOR, Sir:
Despite the efforts of the National Road Safety Council, the carnage on our roads continues, the most recent tragedy being the death of four Holmwood students on September 25.
Road-safety message boards all over the island and frequent appeals from the police on TV for drivers to obey traffic laws are obviously falling on deaf ears. Instead of trending down, the death toll is heading for a record high this year.
A relative was recently in an accident with a taxi driver who broke a stop sign. When they got to the police station, the officer checked the cabbie's licence. He turned out to be a 'serial bad driver' with dozens of tickets to his name.
If we are ever to see a significant decline in road accidents and fatalities, the Road Traffic Act must be dusted off and enforced. It stipulates that a motorist who accumulates between 10 and 13 points should be disqualified from holding a driver's licence for six months; a one-year suspension for drivers who have accumulated between 14 and 19 points; and a two-year suspension for drivers with more than 20 points. Yet the recent traffic ticket amnesty revealed that one driver was allowed to accumulate an astounding 1,498 points valued at more than $3 million.
This section of the Road Traffic Act was specifically included as a deterrent to curb bad drivers' habits and take reckless motorists off our roads. The fact that our authorities are not enforcing it suggests their priority is not increasing road safety, but increasing road revenue.