We’re all responsible in keeping streets safe

It’s like bashing your head against a brick wall.

Or at least driving into one.

Hopefully, you weren’t directly affected by the lunatics on the road the boys in blue were forced to direct off our streets.

Maybe the full moon on Sunday night influenced some of our residents to flaunt the law, but police would probably say idiot drivers are always on our roads.

Officers were busy keeping the city’s road users safe over the weekend. The majority of which abide by the laws – and for good reason.

These are the same streets our children use to make their way to their neighbourly friends for a Sunday afternoon play date and the streets our partners commute to visit their beloved family on a Saturday afternoon.

Granted, the man who was charged for mid-range drink driving and the man who was charged for driving while disqualified and potentially the charge of driving with an illicit drug in his system were caught late at night, but don’t let that fool you.

A lot of drivers will use the cover of darkness in a bid to avoid police detection, however, the pure disregard of the law and safety of others means if they are off their face and want to get somewhere, they’ll drive regardless of what time of day it is.

And while there is an illegitimate argument from drivers who break the speed limit claiming their individual ability gives them a right to break the law (and therefore not considering other road users and varying levels of skill) – drunk and drug-affected drivers are impaired.

There’s no way around it.

If you are under the influence of alcohol or certain illicit substances, you cannot drive with the awareness needed for the complicated task.

It’s easy to take for granted something most of us do every day, but no one should underestimate how dangerous driving a vehicle can be if the driver loses control – and it can happen without throwing other factors into the mix.

If you are a family member or loved one of someone who partakes in this risky behaviour, please take the time to remind them of what could happen. It could be a family member or friend who they kill if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The police do a fantastic job of keeping an eye on the region’s roads, but we all must take some responsibility in looking out for our fellow humans.

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