Accidents: This Repressive Arsenal is Not Enough
31 Janvier 2013 - Défi Media Group
Since the beginning of the year, road accidents are increasing. Despite awareness campaigns organized by the authorities and NGOs as well as increased repression of the police force. Authorities rely on the "psychological shock" that represent the entry into force of penalty points to deter speeders.
Not a week since the beginning of this year, where we do not hear the bad news. Accidents and road deaths are increasing. Since early January, the number of accidents recorded is also up compared to the same period last year, says it at the Barracks plants.
However, awareness campaigns are conducted regularly. Both by the Traffic Branch in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister or the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. But also by non-governmental organizations, like the Association of Road Safety Before All (PRAT). Police force leads parallel campaigns of repression to suppress both speeding that alcohol and driving. But it is clear that the arsenal deployed always shows failure.
Ben Buntipilly, which is recommended special Prime Minister's Office in road safety is also the first to recognize it. "There are campaigns that are conducted. There are sanctions that are taken. But this does not seem enough challenge motorists, "says Ben Buntipilly.
At the Traffic Branch, the situation is much the same: "prevention is there and I think we do our best," says one to the Department of the police force. What about the repressive side? "For example, during the end of the year, we put substantial resources to deter motorists from drinking and driving. And yet, 54 drivers tested positive for alcohol, "says our interlocutor who also regrets that" we still have hotheads "among drivers.
What is the bottom line? If prevention campaigns are almost daily through various visual and radio, should make them harder to score more motorists mind? Our contact the Traffic Branch responds like clockwork: "We launched a campaign that was also made in France. This had results there, but it seems that here it is not really the case. " The Traffic Branch went to show on television, people brought to the morgue, continues as our interlocutor. Moreover, for his part stressed Buntipilly Ben, "prevention has only impact of 6 to 7% from motorists." Hence its limits.
Alain Jeannot, the spokesperson of the NGO PRAT, which militates against accidents for its part, believes that awareness campaigns are important to stop motorists for more responsibility. However, it believes that these campaigns should adapt more to the realities Mauritian. "We should use simple language that can be understood by all. It is a fact that in some motorists targeted level of understanding is not the same as European countries, for example, "explains Alain Jeannot.
Harden further repressive means in this case and increase fines? Such a measure seems to be unfortunately without much effect on some fringe motorists.
Despite a real tightening of legislation on drinking and driving, which can even lead to a prison sentence for a subsequent offense, motorists are still caught driving drunk says, by way of example, Ben Buntipilly. Our interlocutor gives the Traffic Branch, for its part, the prime example of a motorist who was flashed for speeding at least 23 times! "For some, it seems that money to pay the fines is not a problem."
Ben Buntipilly, the only way to resolve the problem lies in the entry into force of penalty points. "This will solve much of the problem," says the adviser of Prime Minister's Office. According to him, we must start from a simple premise, license key point in the "mobility" of motorists insofar as they are likely to be off the license. "The demerit point raises the question of the eligibility of a driver to hit the road.
This creates a psychological shock, "says one at the Traffic Branch. Alain Jeannot agrees: "The penalty points will put the record straight. Because it is the very right move which could then be questioned. " However, the spokesman PRAT observation indicates that in many countries where the penalty points was introduced: "At first, it discourages motorists and the number of accidents is decreasing. Then they seem to get used to gradually increase the number of accidents after two or three years. " And it is then up to the authorities to find new countermeasures against the bad habits of motorists.
According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, the total number of road accidents between January and June 2012 was 10 679, representing a decrease of approximately 6, 5% compared to the same period the previous year. Nevertheless, the figures compiled also show an increase in the number of accidents causing injury or 0, 2%. The number of fatal accidents has also increased between January and June 2012 compared to the same period last year. Between January and June 2012 still, 64 deaths were recorded due to road accidents. 241 serious injuries were recorded as 997 minor injuries.