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Speeding, Reckless Drivers: Get Them Off Our Roads

This is an edited version of Jyoti Pratibha’s My Say in FBC TV’s 4 The Record programme on Sunday night.   The terrible tragedy of Cyclone Winston is top of
15 Mar 2016 10:02
Speeding, Reckless Drivers: Get Them Off Our Roads
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This is an edited version of Jyoti Pratibha’s My Say in FBC TV’s 4 The Record programme on Sunday night.

 

The terrible tragedy of Cyclone Winston is top of our minds at the moment. As it should be.

But there is another national tragedy too. One that goes on and on. Year after year.

One we should never forget.

People are dying on our roads.

And, do you know what tops of the list when long lists are prepared to determine the cause of such accidents?

Speeding, reckless driving.

Police statistics show us that over 80 per cent of road accidents happen because of speeding.

That’s a lot of people speeding and killing on our roads.

And what makes it worse? A number of these drivers should not have been driving on our roads.

Why? Because the Land Transport Authority knew that these drivers had numerous previous infringements.

A driver clocked 190 traffic infringements and was suspended three times before he crashed in an accident which killed a person.

The infringements included overspeeding, and reckless driving.

Another driver had committed 42 similar offences before he was involved in a fatal crash.

They were two of the worst cases in 2014.

Last year, a driver with 61 infringements under his belt, hit a pedestrian who later died from injuries.

A driver who recorded 62 offences and was suspended from driving seven times crashed and lost his life.

In another case, a pedestrian was killed- the offending driver had earlier committed 91 offences.

This year, another passenger lost his life and it was later revealed that the driver had 14 traffic infringements. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Out of 82 drivers who were involved in fatal accidents since 2014, only eight drivers had not been previously caught for speeding, reckless driving or other traffic infringements.

“Killer Drivers” had a history of reckless driving. The repeat offenders had openly defied warnings and flouted traffic laws.

So, why were they allowed to continue driving?

Our law states that once a driver who has fronted court, has cleared his or her fines or served whatever punishment meted out, their previous record is deemed to be wiped clean.

This is a real shame.

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