Speeding problem

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu | Friday, June 16, 2017
THE problem of speeding traffic remains one of the main concerns for villages and communities along our highways and byways.

Motorists must drive at a speed that will allow them a continual clear vision of the road ahead and that will allow them to stop well within a safe distance of a hazardous event.

By speeding, driving recklessly, or being distracted, one is at a greater risk of not only causing accidents, but also failing to react in time to be able to prevent them.

At the end of the day it's the drivers' responsibility to drive in accordance to the conditions of the road and within the posted speed limits.

We obviously have too many inconsiderate, careless and stupid drivers.

It's about time drastic measures be put in place to tackle this brainlessness.

One scheme that's working well in many such communities abroad is "community speed watch".

It's a traffic monitoring scheme that is promoted by the police and transport authority to monitor traffic at such areas.

It is managed and run by volunteers in a community who are trained to use detection devices to monitor the speeds of vehicles travelling through their village or community.

The registration number of speeding vehicles is recorded and warning letters are sent out by the police or transport authority to the registered keepers stating that their vehicle has been reported as speeding.

The first letter is the first warning, the second poses a stronger warning with the third and final resulting in enforcement by the police and transport authority.

We need real solutions to this never ending fiasco and we needed it a long time ago.

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