Monday, April 20, 2009

Traffic Violations: What should be the penalty?

In principle, traffic laws are in place to protect the public, both drivers and pedestrians; however, in my travels around the world, I notice that traffic laws are not always enforced. In looking at traffic laws in your country, are these laws obeyed by the majority of people? Which ones are the most difficult to be enforced? What are the penalties for violating the law in these cases: running a red light, illegal parking, drunk driving, and driving without a license?

Please share your thoughts on this topic.

Randall

6 comments:

Bruno/Ingrid said...

"Traffic laws are in place to protect the public, both drivers and pedestrians." This would be great if it really worked in practice.In Brazil, not all citizens seem to respect the current laws, and it appears that the more money one has, the more difficult it is to enforce the law on them. The rich think they're above the law. However, these people quite often end up being involved in serious accidents. Too bad most of the penalties here involve paying fines - and the amount of money may vary according to how serious the violation was. Reckless drivers should be educated. I think they should do some sort of volunteer work for their local communities for a given period of time - depending on the violation. Paying fines won't help these people to raise awareness of how dangerous it is not to obey the traffic laws already in place for their own safety.

Olive said...

We often can watch and hear more people died by traffic accidents from report of TV and newspaper, but these couldn’t catch some people eyes. They sill keep running a red light, illegal parking, drunk driving, and driving without a license. Main young adult are violation in Traffic laws. I don’t know why they like running so fast, why don’t think the aftereffect. Except paying fine for violation of traffic regulation, they also need to be punished doing something like as managing pedestrian crossing. We should teach and awake our kids complying with traffic laws; it is every citizen society-duty.

umair baig said...

We often can watch and hear more people died by traffic accidents from report of TV and newspaper, but these couldn’t catch some people eyes. They sill keep running a red light, illegal parking, drunk driving, and driving without a license. Main young adult are violation in Traffic laws. I don’t know why they like running so fast, why don’t think the aftereffect. Except paying fine for violation of traffic regulation, they also need to be punished doing something like as managing pedestrian crossing. We should teach and awake our kids complying with traffic laws; it is every citizen society-duty.

Huy Nguyen said...

Traffic rules should be observed by the community in order to ensure people's security. It is the fact that numerous traffic accidents are reports on the media as a result of laws violation. Running red light, drunk when driving, driving without license are most common causes. In order to enforce the traffic laws, the government has imposed a number of severe penalties involving heavy fine and vehicle temporary hold.

Nathália said...

Nowadays the number of persons who violate traffic rules are increasing considerabily and the governos are thinking about what could be a fair penalty for that violations.

Firstly, today we have a huge numbers of cars in the street during the day, so the possibilities to have people violating traffic rules increased since more people started to drive.

Besides, my city, Rio de Janeiro, has precary roads and highways that could be a reason for traffic violations, because these paths do not offer protection to people who drive and, thus, they do not stop to violate traffic rules.

In addition, the traffic education must to start at school, but in my country there is no traffic education for children or teenagers. For this reason, there are adults who do not know the traffic rules or do not think of them.

Overall, the penalty for people who violate traffic rules should be pay a high tax and do volunteer work. So, i think that these people will think twice before violate rules and pay more attention in the street to drive.

Julia said...

The only way traffic violations can be avoided is to increase the penalties....even if this won't scare all drivers it will definitely scare most of them and they won't break the law as ofter as they do now.
Such an action was the main reason why the number of speeding tickets Toronto decreased last year.....
Another thing I'd do would be to put in jail all drunk drivers that get caught even if they haven't injured anyone.

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