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Time for drivers to take heed to road safety

Published:Thursday | July 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I grieve with the parents and families of those we have lost on our roads. It's heartbreaking to lose a loved one in such a tragic way. I beg and plead with our drivers to drive with caution and do the necessary things to protect themselves, their passengers and everyone on the roads.

There is an air of recklessness on our streets. A large percentage of our drivers think that seat belts are useless. Drivers are still very casual about the distractions - changing CDs, texting and loud music. These are elementary survival tools that significantly cut down fatalities, but you would be surprised how many drivers find the idea of seat belts amusing rather than a safety tool. Speeding is probably the number one safety hazard, but drivers still dismiss any type of warning about speeding and overtaking blindly.

Driving is a skill that you develop. At the end of the day or during your driving moments, you reflect on the things you can do better to protect yourself and other people on the roads. For many of our drivers, the roads are a racecourse or a way to make money. So it seems that safety is the furthest thing from their minds.

I've been hearing the same message of caution and safety for years, and we see the same results. I beg and implore the authorities to get the message through that irresponsible driving is tragic. And I beg the drivers on our roads to change their ways - stop the tragedy.