Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving Tips

BELT UP: Belt up and take responsibility for the safe restraints of others, including head restraints and child restraints.
CHECK UP: Do checks on your vehicle and do not drive defective vehicle
SHUT UP: Put your phone on message service and out of reach.

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Careless drivers deserve the heaviest of penalties
Monday, 29 November 2010 12:33
Causing death by dangerous driving is the equivalent of manslaughter, and it should be possible for the courts to impose the same sentence, up to and including life imprisonment.

A 10-year jail sentence may not, in an ideal world, be the right sentence for running over a child while talking on a mobile phone. But then, it may not be for cases of causing death by neglect, either.

The underlying principle, however, is fundamental to justice: that causing death or injury by negligence should not be punished more lightly because the crime was committed while driving.

Motorists who kill while avoidably distracted at the wheel should face prison for careless driving.

Avoidable distractions which courts should consider when sentencing motorists who have killed include:

* using a mobile phone (calling or texting)
* drinking and eating
* applying make-up
* anything else which takes their attention away from the road and which a court judges to have been an avoidable distraction.

Drivers who kill through carelessness should never be able to walk away from court with just a fine.

Neither should uninsured or unlicensed drivers who deliberately flout the law.

Driving requires full concentration at all times. A moment's distraction can make the difference between life and death.'

Careless drivers put themselves and others at risk every time they get behind the wheel of a car.

Despite good progress in recent months to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Kenya's roads, more can be done to prevent the unnecessary loss of life. The introduction of tougher legislation will hit home the message that driving is a hazardous activity that requires total concentration. Allowing distractions to affect your standard of driving is not acceptable and should be more appropriately punished under the law.'

Hearing 'I'm sorry' from a careless driver doesn't bring back a loved one