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The Traveller and the new Demerit system

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Road Block! Credits: www.travelblogs.dispatch.co.za

For most law abiding citizens the new system will not be an issue, but for those of us that habitually exceed the speed limits there will be tough times ahead. Most of us know how the new scheme will work, that penalties will be tougher, and that really, we could all drive a little slower, be a little more patient and polite and a lot more sober.

There is however, just one small, itsy bitsy problem and that is the very poor signage on the approach to many of South Africa's

country towns. It is our experience that some towns have ignored their responsibility in enforcing traffic laws.

The basic responsibility of town councils and other local authorities is to advise motorists that there is a speed limit in place, what that limit is, and where that speed limit starts and ends. Some country towns have not ensured that their signage is suitably visible and with enough time allowed for the traveller to reduce speed. When you have been driving at 115 km for a few hours most motorists slow down too slowly especially when city fathers think that 30 or 40 meters between one speed zone and the next is appropriate. Councils also ignore the fact that more and more large trucks use our roads and they often obscure a following drivers vision when it comes to road signage.

Before the new system is implemented next year the National and Provincial bodies responsible for traffic law enforcement should insist that they are just as compliant with the law as they expect travellers to be.

Travellers can encourage this process by contacting concerned organisations like the AA with reports of where signage is inadequate to protect the law abiding motorist.

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