N Cape ups traffic watch this festive season

2013-11-27 09:13

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Pretoria – If your December road trip is taking you through the Northern Cape this festive season, best keep your eyes peeled for men with cameras and breathalysers.

SAnews.gov.za reports that Northern Cape traffic officials have warned that there will be zero tolerance for those breaking road laws this festive season.    

Northern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Mac Jack, said that drunken driving, speeding, unroadworthy vehicles and driver fatigue remain a major concern.

Road safety activities and law enforcement will be focused specifically on the R31 between Kimberley and Barkley West and the N12 between Warrenton and Hopetown, as these roads are notorious for a high accident rate.

Apart from these,  the N1 between Colesburg and Hanover and the N14 between Kagung (near Kuruman) and Kakamas-Keimoes-Augrabies (near Upington) will also be closely monitored closely, as pedestrian concentrated areas.

Jack stated that travellers should be prepared not only for vehicle inspections, but also close scrutiny of drivers for alcohol and fatigue.

Here are a few tips to ensure your stay safe and fine-free this festive season:

Pre-journey Safety Checks are essential: Vital car checks include: Vehicle tire pressure; the condition of the lights and brakes; checking the windscreen for cracks and making sure windscreen wipers are effective; and checking fluid levels (oil, water). Steering, exhaust system and shocks should also be examined for faults.

Allow time for rest stops: It is important to take safety breaks at rest stops every 2 hours or 200km. By resting enough along the route drivers will be able to remain focused.

Stick to the speed limits: 
 Stay within the speed limit at all times. Many people don’t know this but by driving fast especially on highways, aerodynamic drag forces an engine to work harder and use more fuel so by simply decreasing your speed, you can increase your fuel economy by as much as 20%. 

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