Editorials 19.4.2016 09:00 am

Road safety must become priority

Traffic at a standstill in Gauteng. File Picture: Michel Bega.

Traffic at a standstill in Gauteng. File Picture: Michel Bega.

It is too early to apportion blame at this moment.

We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the ANC and families and friends of the 10 volunteers who died on Sunday morning in a horrible bus accident while returning home from the launch of the party’s local government election manifesto in Nelson Mandela Bay.

There are conflicting reports as to what might have led to the tragedy. Officials in the Free State where the accident happened have attributed it to possible driver fatigue, while some passengers who survived allege that drivers were taking turns operating the vehicle while it was in motion.

It is too early to apportion blame at this moment. It is imperative to let relevant authorities probe the matter and allow families to mourn and bury their loved ones with the dignity they deserve.

This needless loss of life is yet another reminder of how more still needs to be done to promote road safety to ensure we bring to a halt the carnage on our roads. Road safety is not the sole obligation of government and traffic authorities. It is the responsibility of all of us to make our roads safer.

 

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