Statistics tell us that about two thousand of us will die in the next month. That is on the road to the coast and other places. Many will be the cause of their own untimely departure by drinking too much. Some will have a total f you attitude and disregard for traffic rules. Mostly of these men drive double cab bakkies thinking because they sit high they are safe, lol, how wrong can you be? Do you perchance see Formula 1 cars that high off the ground? Go and ask the Toyota Fortuner lads who thought they were still in a BMW. Double cabs are top heavy by design and will roll faster than other cars, it is common sense. Others will drive way too fast and some will forget they are towing a Venterjie whilst driving at high speed. How I would not know, because it is fasten to the car and in your rear-view mirror all the time.
I often watch these idiots flashing past. Usually they have GP number plates and strangely enough, MP too these days. They don't get it or if they do, they simply don't care that the tyres on a trailer are in no way designed for driving above 140km per hour. But you see them doing 180km plus. Do I have any sympathy when they roll and die? No, nothing, they ask for trouble and get what they deserve. There are Judges who want to link speeding tickets to your salary, not only the speed transgression. For some people a ten thousand Rand fine is nothing, they pay and smirk and do the same again. But give them a hundred and fifty thousand Rand fine and see what happens to the smirk on their faces. Yeah, they turn into long haired liberals complaining bitterly how unfairly they were treated by the courts and the cops. Don't worry, it would never happen but remember if you are caught above 155km per hour, you go to court. No fine is issued, you are arrested on the spot for reckless driving and you have to explain your reasons. Mostly you cannot because those known excuses of needing the toilet (what about the nearest tree then?), having a medical emergency (unless you can prove so), not noticing the speed because your car is so expensive and the stereo so loud (actually an admittance of negligent driving) and you were overtaking someone (where is the other car) will not be accepted.
Now everyone has a GPS these days. Not that it always works. I mean who asks a woman for directional advice anyway? My late wife was a walking compass, there is no other way of describing her sense of direction, and I soon learned to listen to my wife or get lost. Be that as it may, your GPS is acceptable evidence in court at what speed you were driving when caught. It will also show a pattern so it can work both ways. You say you were chased and scared? Ok, from where and how long and past how many police stations where a genuinely scared man may take his family for protection. Yes I know some would now laugh at the idea of the SAPS protecting you, we are so used to being negative and demeaning about them. Such an argument is also so stupid I don't even want to hear it. There are tens of thousands policemen who will protect you, act bravely and not assault grannies on the street. If you ask for protection and they refuse, you have an excellent reason to make money in civil courts later.
Remember this; your GPS is neutral, as is the law. It can save your butt or sink you and nothing prevents the police from attaching it as evidence. You have to understand something else here. Almost every policeman, yes even the traffic variety, have seen accidents with dead children and others torn to pieces. You cannot understand the violence of such an accident. Mostly the victims are naked as they are flung out of their clothes including their shoes. It may be very funny in a comic book but let me tell you, you can smell the blood, the oil and antifreeze. Sometimes you search for hours for body parts using police dogs. Every ex-policeman reading here will now nod, yes; they smell it and see the scenes. Such things make them incredibly strict on drunk drivers, drivers with an attitude and f you finger to authority. Go on, try your luck and see what happens to you in jail when "Pappa" gets you from behind. You only have yourself to blame and hence my lack of sympathy.
But then there are your victims, the ones who did not ask for you to crash into them. For them I have a lot of sympathy. I feel their anger and pain. As life is, the driver usually survives because God looks after drunks and fools. From a Biblical view I get that too. He gets another chance to repent and that means to stop what you did wrong, ask forgiveness and change your ways. There cannot be any real repenting when you carry on like before. You are fooling no one and are showing the world you are delusional.
So what is your last act of love? Firstly don't break the second rule of love, that is "you will do whatever is needed to keep your wife happy" and she will not be happy when you drive drunk or cause an accident because you cannot and will not drive at the speed limit. This is so silly from any view; the speed limit is there for two reasons. Firstly for your safety and everyone else and secondly, strategic reasons which has to do with oil and gas reserves. No matter who tells you what, the faster you drive the more gas you use...remember the 1973 oil crisis, and the one in 1979? The speed limit was reduced to 80km per hour (I believe, for I was six years old). Suddenly the oil price went up four times and did so overnight. Why? The USA helped Israel in the Yom Kippur War and the OPEC countries took revenge. Someone had to replace the lost weapons and that someone was the Western drivers. They simply hammered the West in revenge for rescuing Israel from their mates who attacked her. So that is why the speed limits are there, to save fuel, the strategic reserve every country, even us, has. It is a national asset.
And if you cannot listen to common sense talking or even patriotic reasons, then read my booklet on how to draft a simple will so that your family is taken care of afterwards. Do not ever, under any circumstances, allow your bankster to be involved in this process. Go to your attorney if needs be, but stay away from a bankster drafted will. That may well be your last act of love, avoiding them, but best of all, be safe. Stop this maniacal behaviour behind the wheel. You are on holiday, what does an hour or two matter?
Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in reducing legal risk in sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several books on business, law, counter-terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters.