How to Reduce Fatal Accidents?
7 April 2012 - Défi Media Group
Fatal accidents have become the daily lot of Mauritians. After a particularly bloody month of March, to Wednesday morning there were 38 victims of road accidents in 2012. This figure shows that to date, the balance is heavier than in 2011.
Last year, 152 people were killed in 132 fatal accidents. No less than 80 436 vehicles were involved in accidents.One accident was recorded on average every twenty minutes. Saeed Jeewon, Director of Traffic Management and Road Safety Unit, Ashok Naga, a driving school instructor and former police officer, Nicolas Soupramanien, clinical psychologist, member of the Society of Psychologists and a member of the Road Safety Association we talk.
> Since Saturday, many argue that the deviation of Sorèze is dangerous. What are the arrangements?
We only have this space to take a detour towards Port Louis. If there were no constraint, we could have done otherwise, but this is the best way we found. We realize the danger and that is why we have signs upstream. When accessed in the evening, the place is well lit. If one is responsible and warned an accident should not happen. Before imposing a speed limit on the road, there are tests that are performed. I personally tried the way at various speeds and found that in excess of 50km / h, the vehicle does not hold water. Imagine the same scenario for a motorcycle or a truck. If a vehicle uses the road at 40km / h, there is no reason that kind of road. When traveling at 110km / h, we put her life and that of others in danger.
> What date can we expect that the road is open to normal without the danger posed?
The contractors are considering to complete the diversion during the month of August or September. We asked them if they can bring this date and are working on it. Now it is clear that this is a Dark Spot and must take precautions. Between 11am and noon, Wednesday, we recorded six tickets for speeding and on Tuesday the number was 68. From January to March, there were 568 offenses recorded on the same section. There is a behavioral problem.
> Are there any signs that those who come to have their permits are not ready for the road?
Ashok Naga :
Certainly, we noticed that during lessons in Port Louis, there are many drivers who bully. This is due to training, because they do not go through driving school with a solid reputation.
> The number of vehicles is increasing year after year, but the exams to obtain the permit do not change. Your opinion.
Ashok Naga :
Nothing has changed. Five years ago, the amount payable to spend his license was Rs 60.50. Today, the amount is Rs 500, but the examination remains unchanged. Conditions remain more or less the same.
> What do you recommend?
Ashok Naga :
For several years we have heard of book learning, but it was never adopted. Another problem we see, when a person fails, she gets her next appointment after three months, which is demotivating. Moreover, it is inconceivable that the learning curve is nothing like the licensure, when the motorist has the right to drive at 110km / h on the highway. It is time for all that is changing.
> Where should I get tested?
Ashok Naga :
Why limit it to the Barracks? This can be done elsewhere.
> When young people take their first steps into the big leagues, do you instil their prudence?
Ashok Naga :
When someone goes through a driving school, the instructor emphasizes Defensive Driving on. He must be ready and expect that other drivers make mistakes, have consideration for other road users, be courteous on the road and expect to unpredictable situations.
> What does your Association to change the behaviour of drivers in Mauritius?
At PRAT, which is an association that was founded in June 2011 and comprised of volunteers, awareness campaigns have been developed. We have also published a small booklet on road safety, which refers to clothes to wear, functioning headlights, among others.
> What awareness campaigns in schools?
Saeed Jeewon : At the TMRSU, we believe that education is paramount. If someone is warned from an early age, he will practice the right thing eventually. For several years, the TMRSU, together with the police, visit primary schools, secondary schools and clubs to host the third age classes of road safety. For example, we visited 141 primary schools in 2011. From January to March 2012, we visited 53 primary schools. In addition, we visited 63 colleges in 2011 and 29 in 2012. We hit a total of 30,000 children. In 2011, there were 82 courses for clubs and 3rd age 20 surgeries since early 2012. There were a total of 10 000 people affected. We believe that education is paramount and we see the results. Every year, the number of deaths among children under age 15 is declining. Since early 2012, we had a death and for the same period in 2011, there were two. Through these courses, we can reach parents who share, subsequently, what they learned.