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TRANSPORT Minister Sbu Ndebele's warning against drunken and reckless driving during the festive season is commendable.
Indeed, we cannot continue to treat the increase in road deaths during the festive season as normal.
As Ndebele has pointed out, 90percent of road accidents are caused by human error, including reckless driving and drunkenness.
We must really take heed of his warning that if we continue to behave the way we do on our roads we will soon face a scourge.
We must also take seriously the warning that unless we do something to stop the carnage road crashes will by 2015 be the number one killer of children aged between five and 14 in Africa, outstripping malaria and HIV-Aids.
This is a desperate situation that needs desperate measures.
As Ndebele has promised, the police must be tough on those who continue to endanger the lives of the South African commuter community.
But as South Africans we must also put our shoulders to the wheel and ensure that we keep our roads safe.
This we can do by sticking to very basic principles such as driving carefully, obeying all the rules of the road, and ensuring that the vehicles that we travel in are roadworthy.
But most importantly, we must ensure that as drivers and passengers we rid our roads of drunken drivers.
This we can do by ensuring that we - whether as drivers or passengers - do not travel in a car driven by someone who is inebriated.