Dangers Of Driving Against Traffic
Over the years, lots of men and women, young and old have been killed or maimed by vehicles moving against the traffic.
This offence of driving against the traffic is more common when there is heavy traffic on one lane thereby prompting the impatient and disobedient drivers or riders to illegally divert to the lane of oncoming vehicles.
Having seen the meaning of and cause of this offence, let us examine the psychology and consequences of the offence.
When a person is following a routine overtime, it will be registered in his or her subconscious mind thereby making it possible for him or her to perform that same task without giving much thought to it. For example, if a person has been moving around in a house for a while, he or she can move to several parts of the house even in the dark without stumbling because every nook and cranny of the house is already registered in his subconscious mind.
In the same vein, when a road user’s mind is already made up about the direction of the traffic flow, he may not quickly think that a driver or rider can drive or ride against the traffic even though he knows that there are mad drivers and riders in the Country. This is the reason why many people have fallen victim of vehicles moving against the traffic.
Driving against the traffic can result in the following:
- Crashes with oncoming vehicles who might not be expecting vehicles to drive against the traffic.
- Confusion for other road users who are scrambling to avoid having collision with the vehicles driving against the traffic.
- Crushing of pedestrians who have gotten used to looking at only are traffic direction before crossing the road and those backing the traffic without expecting vehicles to be coming from behind. It is worthy of note that most of the vehicles that drive against the traffic are usually furious and reckless in their driving mainly because they know that they are wrong thereby rushing to avoid being arrested by the law enforcement agents. Most of such wicked drivers are also guilty of hit and run.
It is very disheartening that VIPs, Police officers, and other security officers are also guilty of this terrible offence. Unless there is official diversion because of on-going road construction, maintenance or obstruction, no man or woman irrespective of the status should drive against the traffic.
It is a form of traffic madness and this is one of the reasons the Lagos State Government in its traffic laws prescribed a psychiatry test for anyone that commits this offence of driving against the traffic in addition to paying the stipulated fine.
I hereby recommend that the Federal Government through the Federal Road Safety Commission and the State Governments through their Traffic Management Agencies must stand firmly against this offence and take every possible step to prevent it through enforcement with appropriate penalties. Anyone that cause accident or kills as a result of driving against the traffic should be prosecuted and jailed.
Where compromise is established between the driver and the vehicle occupants is established, they should also be prosecuted with the driver or rider as the case may be.
Members of the public should also commence the act of shouting at the offenders and snapping their vehicles with the number plates for direct reporting to the appropriate traffic management authorities and for posting on the social media as a way of curbing this destructive driving attitude which is currently pervading every part of the country no matter whose ass is gored.
It is a shameful thing that Nigerian is still one of the countries with the highest rate road traffic crashes and fatalities in the committee of nations. It has therefore become expedient that every possible step, no matter how crude to be taken to drastically stem this very sad tide. A stitch in time saves nine.
Source: The Nation Nigeria