Drivers need to take more responsibility

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How many times when driving on our roads do you see people doing the wrong thing behind the wheel?
Nanjing Night Net

It could be talking on the phone,not wearing a seat belt, driving too fast when the roads are wet,or overtaking other vehicles when it simply isn’t safe to do so.

Perhaps they’re in an obvious hurry to get somewhere, so they’re running that red light when they clearly had time to stop.

All it takes is for someone to jump the green light at an intersection and you have – potentially – a major traffic crash unfold.

There are many other factors that can lead to people being seriously injured – or worse – on our roads. But inattention is one of the most avoidable.

Not indicating at a roundabout or changing lanes without looking may not lead to a fatal collision, but people not taking their responsibilities seriously in those types of situations is indicative of poor driver behaviour that often does lead to tragedy.

This week is National Road Safety Week, where the Road Safety Advisory Council and Tasmania Police raise awareness of what they label the “fatal five” – driving under the influence, driving while distracted, not driving to the conditions, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.

Tragically, 18 people have died on the state’s roads in 2016compared with 12 at the same time last year. That’s a shocking statistic. You cannot imagine the heartache the families and friends of those 18 people must be enduring.

Sadly, it seems that the road safety message simply doesn’t get through to many people.

It’s difficult to understand why.Do those peoplethink they’rebulletproof? Do they simply not care about other people they share our roads with?

Cars today are safer than they’ve ever been thanks to better design and construction, as well asimproved technology, such as airbags and anti-lock brakes. Unfortunately, none of those modern marvels can stop people drink driving, speeding or not driving to the conditions.

The state government’s Towards Zero campaign -which poses the question topeople: how low should our road toll be? – is an important step in raising awareness.

Accidents will always happen. But at least striving to reduce our road toll is an extremely important step because as the television ads say, even one person dying on our roads is one too many.

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