Working in the environment that I do I've certainly become more safety conscious over that past few months. Every day you come home safe is a good day. I've had a couple close calls in the past year but you stand back, assess, learn from it and carry on. Given how much I work around moving vehicles, sometimes in tight spaces I have respect for what a 4-wheeled moving object can do. So I find myself saddened and also frustrated coming home and reading about a tragedy on the highway south of the city.
This didn't have to happen. Unfortunately, Highway 63 gets a lot of media attention and seldom if ever is it good. I'm saddened because one person's mistake had such an unfortunate ripple effect, affecting the lives and families of 9 individuals. I'm frustrated too because if ever there was a wake up call for the powers that be to take action on improving safety on this road this must surely be it. While an announcement was made in 2006 that a 240 km section would be twinned a pathetic 16 km was completed by 2009. At this rate, it will take 45 years to complete this project.
Safer drivers are obviously part of the solution but twinning the highway and improving its driveability certainly wouldn't hurt either. 45 years? Let's hope not.