Stay safe on the roads

2017-04-12 06:01
An electrical mobile testing station, such as this one, will be used in the Northern Cape to test vehicles. This station also has a camera where it detects the bottom of vehicles for roadworthiness.Photo: Boipelo Mere

An electrical mobile testing station, such as this one, will be used in the Northern Cape to test vehicles. This station also has a camera where it detects the bottom of vehicles for roadworthiness.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Road safety awareness will be intensified with robust enforcement in an effort to reduce fatalities and to ensure zero tolerance of lawlessness this Easter weekend.

That was said by Pauline Williams, the MEC of Safety in the Northern Cape, at the launch of the Arrive Alive campaign for a safer Easter weekend.

The launch took place outside Kimberley next to the N12 weighbridge on Monday (10/04).

“Contributing factors for road fatalities have been identified as, amongst other, the abuse of alcohol by both drivers and pedestrians, speeding, violations such as using cellphones while driving, not wearing seatbelts, dangerous overtaking, defective tyres and steering – especially on public and freight transport vehicles and fatigue,” Williams said.

Williams said that awareness of stray animals can be a way of reducing road fatalities during the Easter weekend.

All major and secondary interprovincial roads, as well as cross border roads such as the N1, N12, N8, N14, N18, N7, N10, R31 and R27, will be closely monitored due to their high traffic volumes.

According to Williams much more needs to be done to achieve the target set by the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety and the National Road Safety Strategy 2020.

She promised that road safety operations will be targeted for certain times of the day and certain days of the week.

“Thursday night to Sunday night is the most dangerous period causing the biggest number of fatalities, with Saturday night being the highest.

The Francis Baard District’s cluster commander of the police, Jean Abrahams, pledged her support towards the Easter weekend safety campaign.

She promised that operation points will be activated, including points for the Diamonds and Dorings Music Festival.

The provincial chairperson of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), Mazwe Nkonki, urged that a format should be emphasised where drivers rest every 300 to 400 km.

He added that roadblocks should pay more attention to fatigue.

Although Easter is characterised by a religious mood, this time is also known as a devastating period, as many lives are lost in road accidents and all road users must be aware of this.

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