Boys and girls, a very good morning to you. In conjunction with 'Road Safety
Week,' I wish to give a talk on why road accidents occur and the ways to reduce
News about road accidents and road accident fatalities always appear in
printed and electronic media. In many cases, schoolchildren are the victims. It
is for this reason that our school has decided to launch a 'Road Safety Week'
campaign with the aim of raising awareness among the students on the need to be
more responsible and cautions while on the road.
Why do road accidents occur ?
According to police statistics, much of the carnage
on the roads could have been avoided if road users had exercised patience and
caution. Instead, drivers tend to speed, drive recklessly and race on the roads.
Motorists are responsible for various other
misdemeanors such as weaving in and out of traffic and not paying
heed to road conditions. Sometimes road conditions such as the existence of
potholes can cause accidents. Another major cause of accidents is the poor
maintenance of vehicles. Vehicles with brakes and lights that do not function
properly are potential hazards to other road users. Long-distance public
transportation drivers can also cause accidents if they drive for long periods
and are tired.
Summonses and penalties are ineffective in curbing road
accidents. Stiffer penalties such as increasing fines and suspending driving
licenses of offenders should be introduced. If a motorist causes an accident,
the authorities should confiscate his driving license and suspend him from
driving for a certain period of time. Stricter enforcement of traffic rules by
the authorities will reduce the number of accidents.
Only roadworthy vehicles
should be allowed on the roads. Vehicles which break down often should be taken
off the roads. There is also a clarion call
from many quarters to increase the age limit for new drivers. This is one way of
getting young motorists off the roads.
If we do not want accidents to happen,
then it is time we changed our driving and riding attitudes. Motorists must
ensure that they are courteous on the road and that their vehicles are
roadworthy. There should be more awareness campaigns aimed at inculcating good
driving habits, especially among schoolchildren.
When road users ensure their
vehicles are roadworthy, respect the law and think about their safety as well as
that of others, then the number of fatalities can be reduced.