‘Road safety starts with you’ - municipality

2017-05-25 06:02
PHOTOS: vusi mthalaneA motorist is fined for stopping to pick up hitchhikers in a no-stopping zone on the R102 opposite Oribi Plaza.

PHOTOS: vusi mthalaneA motorist is fined for stopping to pick up hitchhikers in a no-stopping zone on the R102 opposite Oribi Plaza.

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THE Ray Nkonyeni Municipality has asked motorists to respect the rules of the road and take part in promoting road safety.

This comes after a number of road incidents and accidents have occurred where human error is suspected to be the cause.

Last week, the Fever published an article about the apparent disregard of traffic law by motorists (Traffic laws widely disregarded, May 11).

The photographs accompanying the article showed a number of motorists intentionally breaking the law.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spokesperson, Simon April, said there are mainly four causative factors for road accidents - human factor, vehicle factor, engineering factor and the environmental factor.

“The human factor is the most contributing one on our roads due to driver behaviour such as drunk driving, speeding, using cellphones while driving, reckless, negligent and incon- siderate driving and lastly, passengers pressurising drivers to speed to reach their destination.”

He asked motorists not to use cellphones while driving, not to drive while under the influence of intoxicating substances, to keep to the speed limit and not overtake on barrier lines.

“Pedestrians should also cross roads safely and should wear light or bright colours to enhance visibility particularly at night.”

He also cautioned against jay walking and the use of cellphones or loud headphone music by pedestrians while crossing roads.

“Let everyone adopt the slogan, ‘road safety starts with me’.”

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