THE traffic authorities may be criminally liable for South Africa’s road carnage.
It has repeatedly been pointed out that by implementing simple and basic road safety measures, the traffic authorities could cut the bloodshed on our roads by as much as 90%.
By failing to act, they may be guilty in terms of our law of Dolus Eventualis which, as pointed out in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, ascribes guilt where an action involving intent amounts to a crime.
The intent of our traffic authorities to withhold road safety measure in the certainty that thousands will die and thousands more will be crippled as a result appears to have criminal implications, especially as the authorities have a clear duty to protect lives and property.
-RICHARD BENSON, ROAD AND SAFETY CAMPAIGN