Increase in road deaths a worry - Popcru

2016-12-21 17:31
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Johannesburg - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has expressed concern over the increase in road deaths since the beginning of December and has urged law enforcement officials to act decisively against transgressors. 

"Popcru is increasingly worried about the number of road carnage [sic] during this December month as compared to the previous year... Law enforcement officials are tirelessly out in their numbers in ensuring our roads are kept safer during this festive season, and motorists need to take more precautions and responsibilities," it said in a statement.

More than 840 people have died since December 1, an increase of 17% compared to statistics for the same period in 2015, it said.

"A speedy resolution needs to be realised...We urge all law enforcement officials to act decisively against those disregarding stipulated laws on our roads, and all road users to renounce from speeding, be patient, take regular breaks, fasten their seat belts and refrain from drinking and driving."

Popcru cautioned against the use of cellphones while driving saying that this has been a major contributing factor to road accidents.

"Popcru is giving all necessary support to the Department of Transport in urging motorists to obey traffic rules and exercise restraint across all routes to destinations."

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