Rules of the road are there for a reason

 

The rules of the road should be pretty simple – red for stop, green for go, don’t overtake on a solid line and don’t stop in the yellow lane – unless it is an emergency – and for goodness sake, don’t drink and drive!

The logic of it seems so obvious, but some drivers have other motorists questioning what is so hard to understand.

When the bylaws of the road are so blatantly ignored by so many taxi drivers, one has to ask the question: Is it really a few individuals who have given taxi drivers a bad name, or do most taxi drivers believe they are above the law?

There are some who might argue that taxi drivers disobey the rules of the road because they are thinking of their customers. Their priority is to get their passengers to their destination on time and this is the reason for their speeding, constant stopping wherever they want, and the reason they fail to stop at red robots. But surely their passengers’ safety, as well as the safety of others using the road, should be the top priority?

The rules of the road are there, and obeying them keeps motorists safe. All drivers who knowingly break these rules might as well put a banner across the N1 which reads ‘I aim to kill’.

Please understand that while this column mentions taxi drivers, it does not exclude other motorists – especially those who drive home after a lekker booze jol – these people are just as, if not more, guilty of putting lives at risk.

I have never understood the logic of not being able to walk straight, but thinking you can drive. Sadly, the more investigating I do, the more I discover how many people actually think this is okay.

  AUTHOR
Andrei van Wyk
Journalist

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