Wake-up to Road Safety!

April 30, 2010

Wake-up to Road Safety!

We tend to forget that road rules are set to protect us and not make our lives difficult. Malaysians continue to engage in high risk behaviour on our roads. High risk behavior has been defined as an occurrence of event with probability of harm through, reckless or irresponsible behavior on the road. 

The consequences of high risk behaviour on the roads can be damaging for the driver, other road users and their families. So, it is not wrong to say that high risk drivers are insensitive and selfish human beings who do not care for anyone, not even themselves. 

Road crashes can be avoided, I use the term crash and not accident because most of the time it is never an ‘accident.’ You never accidentally speed, or accidentally drink and drive or use your hand phone while driving accidentally. We have to first understand that to crash or not to crash is in our own hands.

It is time we woke-up and realise that our ‘tidak apa’ (don’t care) attitude towards road safety can be bloody and even cause death. Understanding the key factors like speeding, driving under the influence, (DUI) distractions, fatigue and not using restraints properly contribute to death on the road, is the first step towards embracing road safety. Think road safety if not for you, at least for your loved ones. 

Don’t you think lives taken on roads are lives wasted?  

Innovate Solutions is an advocate of road safety and aims to change the attitudes of road users may it be in the corporate world or the general public. For futher information about training, events and matters regarding road safety, contact IS  at Tel: 603-7722 2610,  Email: info@innovate-solutions.com. The writer, Deepa Pasupathy is very passionate about road safety, and enjoys being a regular columnist for Innovate Solutions (IS).

AES-GOOD OR BAD?

April 22, 2010

AES-GOOD OR BAD?

The Automated Enforcement System or better known as AES will be installed at accident-prone areas and traffic light junctions to nab offenders. Authorities feel that if the perception of being caught is prevalent, offenders will be less likely to repeat bad road behaviour.  

"You Are Being Monitored" Road SignThere are mixed reactions to the idea of being watched. Many oppose to the system, believing that their privacy is being compromised and are a little hazy on the reliability of the system and its functions.

On the positive front, there are quite a number who believe that the AES system will bring about a lot of good by instilling fear in errant motorists and this in return will make our roads much safer. They also believe that it will put a stop to corrupt practices among enforcement officers.

After hearing the pros and cons, the idea that the number of road deaths may decrease outweighs all negative points. Why would you need privacy when driving? And for the reliability issue, well it is up to the authorities to ensure that there will be no discrepancies. Don’t you think any initiative taken to curb the number of innocent people including children dying on our roads is worth our support?

What do you think?

Innovate Solutions is an advocate of road safety and aims to change the attitudes of road users may it be in the corporate world or the general public. For futher information about training, events and matters regarding road safety, contact IS  at Tel: 603-7722 2610,  Email: info@innovate-solutions.com. The writer, Deepa Pasupathy is very passionate about road safety, and enjoys being a regular columnist for Innovate Solutions (IS).