Junkies on the road

A man sends a text message to his wife: “Darling, I was in a terrible car accident. Dina brought to the hospital. The doctors say I’ve got a broken rib, fractured skull, wounds requiring stitches, broken leg that they say I might not be able to walk for a long time.” The wife texted back: “Who the shi… is Dina?”

This anecdote is likened to how our government reacts to accidents on our road. In the last few months, big cargo trucks figure in major smash-ups in our roads resulting in multiple deaths.    

 

Why Were You There?

“They died because they were there at the wrong place at the wrong time,” I heard one local solon exclaim. OMG! The blame is on the dead or they were destined to die. This solon was actually like asking: Why were you there?   

The first was when a cement mixer plowed through traffic and overturned burying a car causing death to the driver and serious injuries to the family in the car. 

The latest, last week, was a cargo truck carrying big metal studs and beams, again barreling through a crowd of commuters waiting for a ride and smashing cars, causing deaths to six and serious injuries to a number of people. 

 

Political Will In Action

If you’re a regular motorist in our jungle, you’ll notice old dilapidated trucks, obviously very much lacking in maintenance, in many of our roads. You notice rusting bodies to chassis, to balding tires to damaged lights to almost everything of the truck making it a rolling coffin. No, not a rolling coffin but a murdering junkie.

Even when these junkies are almost always lord it over our roads, nobody has taken a step to have them banned in our streets.       

You want to see a political will in action, banning these trucks from our roads is one is one we want to see for this will save hundreds if not thousands of lives.

But whispers among those in the business and transport stakeholders, the lobby by operators to stop the government from even thinking about a ban, has been effective, for money and political reasons.  

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