School holidays: Appeal for caution on roads

2013-03-22 11:35
Pretoria -  Transport Minister Dikobe Ben Martins has called on all road users to exercise extra caution on the country’s roads as the Easter holiday season approaches and the school holidays take effect.
“We want to re-emphasize to all motorists the need to exercise extra caution and obey all rules of the road," said Martins.

“Vehicles which are not roadworthy will be taken off the roads immediately and motorists found to be over the legal alcohol limit will be arrested on the spot.  The Easter season in South Africa should be a period characterised by religious festivities and calm and should not be turned into a period of sorrow by reckless, negligent and irresponsible driving on our roads,” Martins said.

Martins referred to the tragic crash that recently happened on the Hex River Pass near De Doorns in the Western Cape where 24 passengers lost their lives.

“Many others suffered serious injuries after a passenger bus overturned, it’s still fresh on the minds of South Africans and the deceased are yet to be buried.  Families, friends, relatives and loved ones, South Africans have been devastated by this occurrence. Let us all act responsibly on our roads and get to our destinations safely without regrets. Let’s join hands and save millions of lives on our roads and I wish all the learners a safe Easter holiday break.” said Martins.

During this Easter period traffic officers will be focusing on the following as part of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 campaign to reduce road death:

- driver fitness
- vehicle fitness
- speeding
- wearing of seatbelts
- drinking and driving
- fatigue
- pedestrian safety

Heavy traffic volumes are expected along major arterial roads countrywide and the Minister urged motorists to take responsibility for them and other road users at all times.

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