Unlicensed drivers

Re: Road safety begins with you and me 

Certainly, research will show a significant reduction in fatalities and injury with reduced speed, however this research is done where speed limits at 100kph and above.

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Many Samoan speed related accidents happen in the 60 to 80kph range, which indicates a lack of basic skills in piloting a vehicle, which is not surprising considering that there is no driver training required before legally taking to the roads.

If a driving skills test like the one I took 35 years ago was given to current Samoan road users, I would be surprised if more than 20% would pass. If today’s tests were applied, less than 10% would pass.

Without proper training BEFORE drivers are licensed, the authorities are just unleashing the potential for unskilled drivers to lose control of a ton and a half of vehicles around pedestrians and other road users.

 

Kevin

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