Traffic officers gear up for Easter holidays

2016-03-15 21:15
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg  Road safety and traffic officers are planning a massive public awareness drive ahead of the Easter weekend.

In a statement, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said it would intensify road safety campaigns to educate the public and deal with increased traffic.

“Officers are already deployed at key points this week in preparation for the start of school holidays and the Human Rights Day public holiday,” it said.

The RTMC said awareness campaigns would be set up at convenient centres next to identified locations and rest stops. Visible traffic law enforcement patrols would be increased on identified hazardous routes.

Traffic police would be deployed to work with provincial authorities to reduce crashes on roads identified as being dangerous.

The RTMC said statistics from last year’s Easter holidays indicated pedestrians and passengers constituted 70% of people who died on the roads.

“The Quadriplegic Association of South Africa is also planning to deploy its members at filling stations located on major national routes to encourage motorists and passengers to wear seat belts to reduce the number of spinal cord injuries from road crashes,” it said.

The association estimated that more than 900 people sustained spinal cord injuries in South Africa with half of the injuries being the result of road accidents.

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