Ndebele calls for road caution

2012-03-30 21:09

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has urged road users to exercise caution on the country's roads over the Easter holidays.

"We will focus on driver and vehicle fitness, wearing of seatbelts at all times, drinking and driving, fatigue, and pedestrian safety," he said in a statement on Friday.

"We have also issued an instruction that every driver stopped must be tested for alcohol."

Heavy traffic was expected from this weekend, with the closure of inland schools on Friday.

Ndebele urged motorists to drive with headlights on at all times and to obey the rules of the road.

As part of Easter law enforcement operations, more than 34 passenger buses were removed from the roads over the past two days after being declared unroadworthy.

More than 750 000 vehicles and drivers were checked in the past three weeks, and thousands of fines were issued for various traffic offences, Ndebele said.

  • Francois - 2012-03-30 21:31

    Sbu, great stuff, although you say that almost every festive season, except off course when you had to give back a car that was given to you as a "present". Can you please when the festive season is over, see to it that vehicles that are moving slower than the minimum are removed from the roads (they are usually also not roadworthy) and then on a random (if you dont understand the word, I will explain it) basis select cities and see to it that all traffic rules are obeyed. I have specifically in mind yellow lane driving by taxis and then the skipping of solid lines and yellow painted traffic signs on the road surface (mostly by taxis). You can start off on William Nichol, Jan Smuts Avenue and Beyers Naude and the M1 in JHB and on the intersection of the former two with these roads: Republic, Sandton Drive, Jellicoe, 7th Avenue, Sherborne, Empire. Post a police officer on every lane and immediately arrest those who ignore the road sign (you will make a killing - no pun intended). On Beyers Naude - the dont stop board has turned into a please park here notice on the intersection with Perth and if you are tired with that you can tackle Anderson or Corlett or city centre close to the Wanderers rank - any road you like. Now please start doing your job, you are just a little bit slower in killing off SAs population than Mbeki and Manto were with Aids.

  • Elkita - 2012-03-30 21:46

    Ndebele,tell that to your precious taxi drivers....

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-30 21:50

    Did you talk to your buddy in Limpopo? The Easter weekend hasn't even started and this oke is already a Cassalty. Booked off for a week following a road accident caused by a lack of driving skills.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-30 22:01

    South Africans drive in the same way they plan for the future as if there isn't one. So here are a few things we all should be doing: Stay within the speed limit (it is the LAW), maintain following distance. Be aware of what is happening 2-3 cars ahead. Use your mirrors (incl. your rearview) to be aware of what is going on around you. Maintain a consistent speed (saves fuel, saves your tyres, saves your brakes). Use a hands-free (really that is the LAW too!) Stay focused on you're goal - getting there in 1 piece. You miss all the crucial road warnings and hazards when you are doing other things.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-30 22:12

      Lacrimose : I agree with all of the above, excepting the LAW thing regarding speed limits. I would rather say : adjust your speed to what suits your goal best, according to circumstances prevailing. Think for yourself. Don't rely on instructions from anybody else, otherwise you are not in control of your vehicle and hence a danger on the road.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-30 22:37

      @maseratifittipaldi - well I guess the maserati bit explains some of your response :) The problem is that drivers think they're driving Maseratis at Le Mans when in fact they're in a Polo on the N1 :) We all complain about lawlessness everyday, but seldom do we believe our own infringements are of any consequence. It ALL counts. If you want the speed limits changed - change the law, don't break it. If you're vigilant and observant you will adjust your speed but you have a better chance of correcting/avoiding in time if you're within the limits in the 1st place. This applies to both the 40km/hr and 140km/hr drivers in a posted 120km/h zone. Driving is not a battle of supremacy, it's a means of getting from A-B. If you want to be a gladiator, go find a racetrack.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-31 09:30

      Lacrimose : Sometimes I am just that other oke's advocate. Regarding speed limits -the rationale-there are aberrations on both sides. For example: " I was driving within the speed limit. This child just ran in front of my car... I am innocent" or " ...was caught travelling at 220km/ guilty". My point is that anyone who blindly obeys arbitrary speed limits, puts other road users at risk. The driver is the supreme commander of his vehicle. The driver should at all times adjust his/her speed and direction according to the prevailing conditions, his/her own ability and the capabilities of the vehicle which is being driven. Only the driver is aware of these variables at any point in time, nobody else. All travelling involves speed, but most "accidents" are not caused by speed at all, but rather by driver ignorance regarding his/her competence and the the vehicle's capabilities. Arbitrary speed limits will not eliminate this ignorance. Only training and practice will.

  • Bluemast - 2012-03-30 22:47

    Are padestrians running accross highways also going to be doing a sobriety test???

  • Scouter - 2012-03-30 22:54

    ".... and thousands of fines were issued for various traffic offences, Ndebele said." I can believe this part of the statement.

  • joan.lovatt - 2012-03-31 08:07

    Is that the best you can say try driving on the R21 when diplomatatic convoys are driving between O R tambo and Pretoria No concern or caution to other road users shown and I bet they wont have to pay e toil

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