Road safety aided

2018-12-05 06:00

The annual festive season road safety campaign was launched on 26 November at the Colesberg weighbridge on the N1.

The aim of the campaign, run by the Office of the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, is to intensify road safety and have law enforcement efforts in tune with the increased road-user volume expected over the festive period.

Every year a multi-discipli­nary team of law enforcement agencies and stakeholders take to the roads to ensure that lives are not lost on the roads.

This year the active objective of the campaign is to reduce road accidents and fatalities through a comprehensive campaign, which will include educational and awareness programmes.

An action plan is drawn up to strategically deploy resources and intensify operations across the province, especially along critical routes during particular times.

On 27 Septemberseven lives were lost in the Northern Cape in two different accidents, on the R31 (Barkly West Road) and on the Douglas Road.

Patsy Alley, spokesperson for the MEC, said that even though the Northern Cape accident statistics on road fatalities had been the lowest compared to other provinces, the province could still do more to prevent the loss of lives through accidents that could have been avoided.

“As always, in the interest of public safety, we must insist on a zero-tolerance approach to lawlessness and reckless behaviour on the roads,” Alley said.

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