The number of road traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities is relative to the issues that contribute to them. ARRIVE ALIVE is constantly engaged in activities to help correct these issues by advocating for improved road safety policies, processes, standards and laws; consistent enforcement; education and awareness of all the stakeholders of the road safety best practices; emergency response trained and equipped to international standards; trauma centres with trained doctors and nurses; and tracking and examining of solid statistical information so we know where to focus all our energies with the ultimate constant reminder that every life matters! These principles of road safety will then make for safer drivers, safer roads and safer vehicles.
Get involved in the road safety conversation! Here are some of the issues that we face as a nation, for which we need better support, partnerships, trust, and sharing as well as networking amongst all stakeholders:
- Increased number of vehicles on the roadways, both new and foreign-used (over 1,000,000 registered vehicles for our 1.3 million citizens)—do we have standards for the importation of all the vehicles on our roads, making for safer vehicles?
- Increased number of licensed drivers—are they trained and educated through a transparent licensing system?
- Increased affordability of motor vehicles—should we be improving our transportation system? Do we all need to own a vehicle and drive it everyday?
- Increased number of inexperienced drivers owning or accessing a vehicle—do we have an ongoing system of education in place that penalises drivers who are repeat offenders of road crime?
- Increased driver distractions—cell phones, DVD players. Are the TTPS motorcycles enforcing our law?
- Lack of enforcement of traffic safety and licensing regulations—do our licensing officers understand their responsibility to keep our road users safe?
- Insufficient number of police and licensing officers dedicated to traffic safety—are these branches consistent in carrying out their responsibility in keeping our road users safe?
- Lack of continuous training for traffic police and licensing officers—are our officers trained to international standards of enforcement?
- Lack of meaningful penalties for traffic violations, e.g. driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive speeding—what is the new date for the upgraded MVRTA and the Demerit Point System?
- Lack of measurable performance by governing bodies—do we hold our leaders responsible?
- Inconsistencies in licensing standards and vehicle inspections—do we hold our leaders accountable?
- Lack of legislation for technology use in traffic enforcement—do we hold our leaders accountable?
- Lack of proper driving instructor training and auditing—why not partner with the National Training Agency?
- Lack of defensive driving training and drivers education—why not partner with the National Training Agency?
- Insufficient infrastructure for minimising serious collisions—why are some of the concrete light poles so close to traffic? Are our standards consistent and in keeping with international standards and best practices?
- Insufficient infrastructure for increasing volumes of traffic, including vulnerable road users like cyclists.
- Poor pedestrian infrastructure and education—pavements (UK)/sidewalks (USA).
- Insufficient illumination on many roadways for night usage—why aren’t we using reflective tape and paint or cat’s eyes?
- Increase in stressed out, impatient drivers, creating a new class of driver—when will mandatory rehabilitation and educational classes be provided for all classes of drivers?
- Lack of data measurement for traffic safety management strategies.
This is the tip of the iceberg. As a small NGO, we need your help and voice to make a positive difference on our roads. You may also help by getting your family and/or company to implement road safety policies and best practices.