Today’s Editorial February 01: Response to road deaths appreciated

To all who responded with suggestions to stop the senseless deaths of young people on our roads, we thank you.

The suggestions made were well thought out and, for the most part, practical.

Just about everyone suggested some kind of curfew for young drivers.

We brushed on the subject in Wednesday’s editorial, but today will go so far as to encourage Government to strongly consider such legislation.

As at least one respondent pointed out, most of the traffic deaths have occurred either very late at night or in the wee hours of the morning.

Would such a curfew be a nuisance?

Will parents be put out when they have to make sure junior gets taken to and picked up from their night job?

Yes to both questions.

But isn’t it better to put up with a little inconvenience now instead of saying goodbye to your child forever as you lower his or her casket into the ground at a funeral?

One writer correctly reminded us that we haven’t even broached the issue of seatbelt use in any of our editorials.

That’s a terrible omission on our part.

Seatbelts must always be used by drivers and their passengers. And infants and toddlers must always be secured in safe car seats.

While the major culprit of youth deaths of on road has been speed, the Government has announced an increase in fines for those caught speeding and other bad driving behaviours.

As we’ve stated before, we welcome the increased fines.

There was much banter on the radio talk shows following Government’s announcement last month that fines for bad driving would be increased.

Many who called in likened the hike in fines to an increase in taxes, further burdening folks who have a hard time of making ends meet financially.

Poppycock.

A speeding fine is one cost of living you have every control over. If you don’t speed, you won’t get fined.

If you do speed and you have difficulty paying the fine, maybe you’ll take a little lead out of your foot next time you’re behind the wheel.

Mrs. Mariko Jack, our Governor’s wife, has some excellent suggestions.

If you haven’t read her letter on this page, we encourage you to do so.

There isn’t one clear-cut answer to stopping needless deaths on our roadways, but it is clear something has to be done.

Our youths don’t seem to be paying too much attention to the fact that their friends and family members are dying in car wrecks.

So it’s time for the adults to step up to the plate, put in place stringent rules and enforce them.

So what if some people are inconvenienced by them.

We’d rather see our young people grow up to be responsible and successful assets to our society who will produce offspring to keep our great country going for generations to come.

That can’t be done if they’re allowed to die on our roadways.

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