Speed management laws and their enforcement are in place with the sole aim of reducing the number of road traffic crashes, serious injuries and deaths. The more widespread the enforcement of these laws, the greater the effect and, in turn, the less lives lost!
As an organization, ARRIVE ALIVE firmly believes that providing the TTPS with the appropriate tools and training to enforce these laws is an absolute necessity and we will continue to lobby the Ministry of Works & Transport and the Acting Commissioner of Police to ensure that our officers are put in a position to effectively execute their duties.
The implementation of speed measuring devices greatly assists law enforcement and will contribute to road casualty reduction, but this is just the first step!
Until the appropriate measures for road safety are put in place, there will be no significant change to these numbers:
- Males account for 88% of all road fatalities.
- 1/3 of all fatal Road Traffic Accidents occur between 12am and 6am.
- 50% of all fatalities take place between Friday and Sunday.
- In 2015, Drivers and Passengers each accounted for 32% of all fatalities.
One thing is clear, drivers need to reduce their speed around pedestrians and pay attention. Likewise, pedestrians need to exercise more care in crossing roads, including using of pedestrian crossings, walkovers and sidewalks, where available, and wearing high visibility clothing at night.
Road Safety is based on three main elements of risk, which work interchangeably for a collision-free motoring environment:
- The Driver
- The Vehicle
- The Roads & Furnishings (traffic lights, white lines, barriers)
If any of these risk factors is not properly addressed, the risk for an unsafe outcome increases:
- Drunk driver + Safe Vehicle + Good Road = Motor Vehicle Collision (M.V.C)
- Good Driver + Defective Vehicle + Good Road = M.V.C
- Good Driver + Safe Vehicle + Bad Road = M.V.C
The Risk Factors of Driver, Vehicle and Road must strike a balance for traffic safety to be in check and to do this the Five E’s of Road Safety must always be present:
Enforcement. Education. Engineering. Emergency Response. Evaluation.