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The Lawyer is Right

Oct 13, 2009, 4:08 AM

We are in agreement with Lawyer Assan Martin's line of reasoning that crimes cannot be overcome without tackling its root causes.

It is true that if we want to reduce crime rates, we will have to take steps to tackle its root causes, which according to Mr. Martin involves taking measures such as sensitisation programmes to re-orientate the youths into positive activities, like training and creating opportunities for employment.

He also made mention of juvenile delinquencies and anti-social behaviour, especially during school holidays and emerging current beach actions, which he added, have impacted negatively on most of the youths. Parental responsibility would sure help in that area.

In view of Mr. Martin, such cannot be tackled by tougher laws, arrests or passing high and hard sentences in the courts. This, he said, is one step but the best method is to identify the root cause and tackle the problem.

The one-time magistrate advanced that government policies should focus more on the prevention measures and the reformation of justice for the first time offenders.

"The style may allow offenders to get back to the society, as good citizens and not likely to re-offend again", he said, adding that many agree that the law should spare 'repeated offenders". This should be given a trial to see its impact.

Commenting on the high rate of increased accidents in the country, Mr. Martin commented that such incident may be tackled by sensitising drivers on road safety, especially in the rainy season, when extra care should be taken.

He also suggested the use of more visible road signs and road side bill boards, which he said, might help in a great deal. All these, we believe are good observations, which should taken on board.

Union of commercial drivers, as Mr. Martin suggests, should be organising refresher courses on road safety and attitudinal behaviours for both customers and drivers.