Accidents tackled head-on

2015-08-05 06:00
MOJAKI MOJAKI, director: Road Safety and Capacity Building in the Thabo Mofutsanyana and Fezile Dabi District Municipality, talking to a driver during their recent road block in Bethlehem. He is here with Jim Mbele, a Dihlabeng Local Municipality tra

MOJAKI MOJAKI, director: Road Safety and Capacity Building in the Thabo Mofutsanyana and Fezile Dabi District Municipality, talking to a driver during their recent road block in Bethlehem. He is here with Jim Mbele, a Dihlabeng Local Municipality tra

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BETHLEHEM. – The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport is concerned about the number of accidents on its roads and wants it reduced by 50%.

In an effort to achieve this, the department, which is driven by MEC Butana Komphela, embarked on a massive intensive road safety campaign to educate the community and motorists about road safety.

The campaign, which started in Sasolburg on 10 July, was conducted in Bethlehem on Friday (31/07). The campaign commenced in the morning with department officials, including Mojaki Mojaki, director: Road Safety and Capacity Building in the Thabo Mofutsanyana and Fezile Dabi District Municipality, visiting primary schools in ­Bohlokong to educate them about road safety and giving crime- prevention tips.

The schools visited were the Bohlokong, Motshepua, Nthute and L.K. Nhlabathi Primary Schools.

This was followed by road blocks on the N5 and R26 where motorists were given pamphlets containing tips on road safety and crime prevention.

The day was concluded with police and traffic officers going around the location handing out pamphlets to pedestrians.

Mojaki said the campaign was based on a United Nations (UN) resolution to try and reduce accidents on roads.

He said an agreement had been reached to work towards reducing the number of accidents by 50%.

“We looked at the matter and realised that we did not educate our people enough on the four E’s: Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation. We then came up with the idea of an Intensive Road Safety Campaign.

“It starts in the morning at the schools were we educate learners We do this because we believe that we should teach them at a young age.

“We also went to the taxi ranks, the location and the malls, where we issued the pamphlets before we held a road block,” he said.

Mojaki said most accidents occur because of human negligence.

“Our people should tighten their seat belts and make sure they stop after each 200 km to rest in order to avoid fatigue,” Mojaki advised.

Mojaki said Bethlehem was the second town after Sasolburg in which they had conducted the campaign.

He said all towns in Thabo Mofutsanyana and Fezile Dabi are on the list and will be visited soon

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