Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week

The Malta Automobile Club wishes to appeal to all road users, but in particular drivers of small and large vehicles and motorcycles, to try and make an extra effort this week to observe the rules of the road in an effort to save lives, including their own.

This week marks the fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week and given our fairly small community we could all encourage each other to try and behave a little better on the road this week.

The Malta Automobile Club wishes to draw the attention of drivers of small and large vehicles and of motorcycles to two particular traffic signs, among several others: the ‘STOP’ sign and the ‘Give Way’ sign.

The ‘STOP’ sign literally means what it says – ‘Stop’ behind the stop line marked at the corner of the road. One can proceed slowly after coming to a complete stop once he or she ascertains that it is safe to cross the road or make a turn.

The ‘Give Way’ sign is very similar. It means that a driver needs to slow down when approaching such a sign to be prepared to stop if necessary.

These traffic signs are not given the respect that they deserve by several drivers, and in some cases result in serious accidents or expensive repairs.

With a little effort on everybody’s part, our roads can become safer. If we behave a little better on the road we shall not only be safer, but the traffic will flow better and will move more smoothly!

Our behaviour on the road needs to improve not only during this week but throughout the whole year. Yet, we have nothing to lose to make that extra effort during this week.

Alfred A. Farrugia