Bad drivers our big threat


by admin on July 2, 2009

The Editor,

I read Carolyn Callaghan’s letter to the editor (June 24: Narrow escape) and couldn’t agree more that “Driving a car is the most dangerous thing we do on a daily basis.” 

Like many of my friends, our family makes many small efforts in our daily lives to stay active, eat healthily, buy organic and local food, and, for the record, drive safely and within the speed limits. However, all of these daily efforts would mean nothing if my greatest fear is ever borne out and a careless driver sneezes, is blinded by the sunlight, is speaking on a cellphone or is just plain driving too quickly when my car is nearby.

An international report was recently released on the issue of traffic accidents. Entitled, “Make roads safe: a decade of action for road safety”, it points out that traffic accidents are the main cause of death worldwide for young people between the ages of 10 and 24. It calls on governments around the world to take action by raising public awareness of the dangers associated with driving, increasing policing on roads and improving road conditions. The report concluded that money spent on these actions could save five million lives worldwide between 2010 and 2020.

I think our local police force should get on board and look further at how to build on its efforts to enforce speed limits and improve road safety. I have been bewildered by the recent reports in the Low Down of drivers who have caused head on collisions or even collided with a school bus with the result of no charges being laid. I think it is time for our police force to take a tougher stance with drivers who are engaged in careless or unsafe driving, and for those of us who are drivers to slow down and drive mindfully. Let’s contribute to this very worthwhile global cause by acting locally to save lives on our roads.
Tamara Tarasoff