Ndebele call for caution on roads

By Drum Digital
30 March 2012

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has urged road users to exercise caution on the country's roads over the Easter holidays.

"We will focus on driver and vehicle fitness, wearing of seatbelts at all times, drinking and driving, fatigue, and pedestrian safety," he said in a statement on Friday.

"We have also issued an instruction that every driver stopped must be tested for alcohol."

Heavy traffic was expected from this weekend, with the closure of inland schools on Friday.

Ndebele urged motorists to drive with headlights on at all times and to obey the rules of the road.

As part of Easter law enforcement operations, more than 34 passenger buses were removed from they roads over the past two days after being declared unroadworthy.

More than 750,000 vehicles and drivers were checked in the past three weeks, and thousands of fines were issued for various traffic offences, Ndebele said.

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