Road Safety – Take Care of One Another09 April 2016 / by Zviad Adzinbaia (author)
Last week, a group of volunteers held a rally to protest the rampant parking and road violations that occur on the pavements of the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
The protestors demanded that the police enforce the existing laws on pedestrian rights and issue fines to those who violate the regulations. The gathered civilians proceeded to tag illegally parked cars with stickers demanding that the vehicle be moved.
Meanwhile, at least 90 people have died and another 3,834 injured in the last year due to traffic related accidents in Tbilisi. Although the Ministry of Internal Affairs launched a public service campaign in 2015 to increase awareness about road safety, no tangible effect has yet been seen.
At the first glance, those drivers who consistently occupy pavements for pedestrians, seem unlikely to realize how their 'big cars' hamper civilians in their everyday lives. One category of these drivers believe that the government should resolve the problem as there are insufficient parking lots in town.
Surprisingly, in Georgia, the country where majority citizens’ economic and financial situations are undesirable, the tendency of increasing flaw of new cars does not seem to cease. In fact, we frequently encounter traffic jams in Tbilisi at any time of a working day.
One of the central motives, which enables 'big-car-owners’ to justify their situations, is the mountainous Georgia, where ‘jeeps are the best friends.’ On the one hand, it is true that hills and mountains hamper development of eco-transport in Tbilisi, while this reason does not justify illegal parking.
What is a solution?
It could be assumed that ultimate resolution of the issue is clearly feasible, though in a very comprehensive way.
1. Besides fining for illegal parking, the respective state institutions should be engaged in educating drivers for the future benefit.
2. Development of eco-transport should be encouraged.
3. The public and state should promote road safety and environmental issues. For this reason, those cars distinguished with significantly high emissions and volumes should be taxed extra fees.
4. The themes of road safety and environment should become parts of educational system in order to secure avoidance of the same difficulties in future generations.
Who will make the first step – the government? No! Any international organization? – No! Any other government? – No, No! You, the citizens? – yes, yes, you do! It is only us who is able to do it!
#Take care of one another!