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Road Safety

Road Safety

We educate Drivers and passengers about their duties and responsibilities to enable us prevent road accidents and road offences in the country.

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The duties and responsibilities of a driver

  • All drivers have a duty to driver in a reasonable fashion in order to protect pedestrians, other motorist and passengers on the road way.  If a driver breaches one of the following duties, he/she may be found to be negligent. 
  • It is the driver’s duty to drive at a reasonable speed.
  • It is the driver’s duty to maintain equipment in his car or vehicle.
  • It is the driver’s duty to be on the look out 
  • It is the driver’s duty to maintain control of the vehicle
  • It is the driver’s duty to be under the state law

The duties and responsibilities of a passenger

  • As a passenger, it is your responsibility to maintain a duty of care to protect yourself.
  • While a passenger is not responsible or expected to anticipate every decision of the driver, the passenger must be aware of his/her surroundings.
  • A passenger must not fully entrust his/her safety to the driver and keep a reasonable lookout for unsafe habits or conditions if the driver is speeding or driving recklessly, it is up to the passenger to ask the driver to stop and then leave the vehicle.  This applies to situations where there is a reasonable amount of time and opportunity for the passenger to give a warning.
  • While it is up to the passenger to maintain some level of awareness, it is not his sole responsibility or duty to anticipate or warn the driver of all approaching cars or other dangers.  If the passenger assumes the role of look out, however, he must make a reasonable and careful look out.

Road Accident Prevention

To avoid road accidents and road offences;

  • Drivers should not drink and drive
  • Drivers should follow road signs when driving
  • Drivers must possess legal license before they drive
  • Drivers should not do wrong over taken
  • Driver should keep their eye on the road when driving.
  • The government should make sure there is regular maintenance of road.
  • DVLA should make sure drivers who drive on our high way know and understand all the road signs.
  • Reckless driving should be monitored by the policemen and offenders should be fine appropriately to serve as deterrent to others.
  • Drivers should not do overtaken in a sharp curve on a highway.
  • Never use your cell phone when driving
  • Don’t change CD’s when driving
  • Avoid driving in construction areas
  • Follow speed limits when driving
  • Ignore aggressive drivers when driving
  • Pull into traffic slowly
  • Keep at least one hand on the steering when driving
  • Watch for pedestrians when driving
  • Perform engineer maintenance regularly
  • Register your car/vehicle legally with the DVLA
  • Drivers should not cross red light
  • Drivers should have spare tyre, first aid, triangle and the necessary equipment
  • Drivers should fasten their seat belt or wear safety boots when driving

The types of Road offences we have

  • Over Speeding
  • Using your phone while driving
  • Not wearing a seat belt when driving
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to stop at a red light
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol

The punishments of road offences

  • Over speeding: If you are caught exceeding the speed limit by a small margin, you may be offered a speed awareness course.  But if you are caught exceeding the speed limit more than 45%, you could face a hefty fine or a driving ban.
  • Using your mobile phone behind the wheel: You will be charged to pay an amount of road side fines and six penalty points handed out. You could also go to court which might lead to a driving ban
  • Careless Driving: it is also known as driving without due care and attention.  Divers who drive carelessly are subjected to a hefty fine punishment or a driving ban or a prison sentence of up to 5years.
  • Drink driving: It is advisable that you should not drink alcohol at all if you are driving.  Drivers found guilty of drank driving face possible driving ban and unlimited fine and up to 6months imprisonment.