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Road Safety: Utopia?

25 May 2012 - Défi Media Group

Road Safety: Utopia?

It is not necessary to conduct a major survey to understand that road safety in Mauritius is a major problem. Just read the news items or to see how behave too much road users.

Many unsafe acts are identified on the roads of Mauritius including Alain Jeannot, president of Road Safety Before Everything (PRAT). Who has not been doubled to the beginning of a turn or a climb where visibility is zero? These drivers who voluntarily cut the white lines to win 10 or 20 seconds on their way to play Russian roulette with their lives and those of others. What about drivers who, at a crossroads where they must give way, believe that to raise their hands and force the passage compels others to let them pass?

Many motorcyclists doubling both the left and right also by cutting the white lines. They go invisible and may at any time to be hit. Pedestrians can not rest. They cross the road many times without using bridges or crosswalks, especially on the highway.

Many other examples could be cited. However, there is one that is most shocking. Many parents think their children are indestructible. Not only by car, they do not attach to the back, like almost all the passengers for that matter, but in addition, they leave them to stand between the two front seats. Should an accident one day would highlight the danger of this act?

"The police must verbalize drivers who do not attach children and passengers who do not put their seatbelts in the back. Parents should be aware. Some are distracted or anxious. Moreover, the law obliges them to put the belt on the rear is recent and that practice has not yet become the norm, "Alain J. Jeannot. These arguments are shared by the police inspector Ashok Mattar: "We verbalisons drivers who leave children without a belt. But above all we must empower them. This is often the parents and everyone must take responsibility. "

The police have a role to play in preventing accidents. However, we find that the agents are positioned at strategic locations only after a fatal accident. This is the case with the deviation of Sorèze where two people were killed on March 31. It is only then that the speed controls have been strengthened at the scene. Moreover, the locations and times of alcohol tests are now known to partygoers. "Blackheads are known and should be controlled by the police more regularly," says Alain Jeannot.

The police are not solely to blame. How aspiring drivers learn to drive in Mauritius outshines monitors driving schools abroad. Indeed, at home, apprentices drivers have no right to use some roads as they are accompanied by an instructor or an experienced driver. Once they got their license, they must learn to drive alone on the highway at speeds up to 110 km / h, at night or on rough roads as in the rise of Chamarel.

This is where they are most vulnerable. In France, for example, new drivers learn to drive on all road types and in all conditions. Moreover, Mauritius, anyone can learn to lead an aspiring driver at the moment he has the license for a minimum of two years. While in many countries, the instructors are trained and strictly controlled.

"The government knows that there are gaps in training," said Alain Jeannot. Ashok Mattar added that amendments to the existing law is being prepared. They will in particular enable aspiring drivers to drive at night and on the highway.

The government often launches awareness campaigns about the dangers of the road through radio ads or billboards. It would be wise to organize a study on the impact of these campaigns on drivers. This is not because it is written on a sign that the belt even protects the back we see more people put it. Moreover, they are rarely checked and called to order by the authorities. In short, the acts do not follow the speech.

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