Mr. President please help us stop terror on the roadways. Buses and trucks are terrorizing us every day.
Every day buses and trucks including dump trucks carrying sand ply the road terrorizing children on their way to and from school, women and men pedestrians about their work, cyclists, motorcyclists, cars, and three wheelers on the road. We the people have to jump aside or drive off the road to enable these criminals to use the road as they see fit. The Police? The Police are busy seeing to it that motorists don’t cross lines drawn on the road on empty stretches or along curves while the terrorists cock their snooks and drive on the wrong side of the road, making oncoming traffic do whatever to save their lives.
Every time a citizen goes on the road out of one town to another he and his wife and children are in peril of being run over by a bus or a sand truck, these latter have proliferated and have decided with the police that in fact they should have different rules on the road, simply no rules.
This terrorism on the road has to stop and stop soon! Now is the time. We need to have the users of the road be compassionate to all who use the road and it can be done. We can share this public space and use it according to rules and with a discipline that behooves us.
Everybody must obey the law and the law must be applied equally to everyone if it is to have meaning. The rules of the road are not observed well by many citizens, be they pedestrians, motorists, and drivers of buses, trucks, cars, three-wheelers, motorcycles, or bicycles. The police are doing a good job in cracking down and reducing driving under the influence of alcohol that used to be a sport for young and not so young men and some women. The observance of road rules has to be enforced and improved and new rules enacted as we get more highways, toll-roads, and as traffic density increases.
Again, we have too many road terrorists and something has to be done to apprehend them, reform them and keep the recalcitrant ones off the road.
Perhaps for short time a special force needs to be established to simply put a stop to road terror. It should have authority to stop vehicles, change drivers, take passengers to their destinations, help prosecute drivers, help prosecute owners and in cases of egregious repeat offenders, cancel driving licenses and cancel route permits.
Yes, yes, we have laws and we need to enforce them we don’t need new ones. Yes? The need is not for new laws but to end a terror. If laws are needed then so be it. Whatever we have is not doing its job.
Children are being killed and maimed people are being traumatized, terrorized. Is this not enough to take action?
A special force can ply main roads like a flying squad in unmarked cars with on-board cameras. They should have powers to stop vehicles that are driven dangerously and warn the drivers and alert the passengers; often in buses the passengers don’t care how they are driven as long as it is quick to the destination. Start with buses and trucks.
Bus and truck drivers should be tested for alcohol and stimulants. The special force or flying squad should maintain an electronic database of drivers stopped, their vehicle registration and other details, company names etc. The database should be queried to detect repeat offenders. The onboard video used for prosecution. Yes, our legal system requires forms handwritten in triplicate and so forth, change it and introduce new conditions for some types of evidence. People take the law into their hands out of convenience and this is dangerous when we should have the sense to enforce the laws we have which, we are not in this instance. So for a while some special consideration might be needed.
Remember the PTA! If we can build highways that cost more than two similar highways, buy aircraft for presidential use only (that order is now canceled the new President told the nation) fight wars for three decades, get fat doing it, why not try to end road terror and do it quick and lean? Are we smart enough to do it, we can see?
Smarts might not have anything to do with it? Oh it is money then? Those who terrorize the people on the road have money to continue to terrorize us and those who are supposed to stop it are not able to do it, that is stop it? The money overwhelms them? Yes? Well then we need to look at this isn’t it? Corruption is spreading on the road seems to be conclusion here.
The police are what the police do and in this case it doesn’t. Mr. president if you don’t help us stop this road terror we have to use our money and get a Mad Max for ourselves to deal with the road terrorists. I am surprised it has not happened yet.