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More barriers to lessening roads fatalities

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi says traffic authorities will ensure people conform to the guidelines of the roads to diminish bloodletting during this festive season.

“Our traffic officers will keep on conducting more roadblocks throughout the country amid this bubbly season and beyond,” said Maswanganyi.

He said law enforcement operations will target implementation of enactment of wearing safety belts, utilising mobile phones while driving, un-roadworthy vehicles, while they keep on clamping down on tanked driving, intemperate speed, and other moving infringement.

He said because of the conspicuous actuality that there is a wonderful ascent in rush hour gridlock volumes, National Traffic Police situated inside the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in partnership with provincial and municipal traffic authorities and the South African Police Service to lessen and where conceivable take out the danger of accidents on our roads.

Maswanganyi said the nation’s national roads, for example, the N1, N2, N3, and N4 among others are encountering an expansion in the number of vehicles going towards different destinations.

“Despite the fact that we have taken a choice to guarantee that we make road safety a 365-day business, it is unavoidable that we bend over our endeavors when we approach the festive season,” said transport minister.

He added that Festive Season dependably puts an additional obligation on traffic authorities who have the mammoth task of guaranteeing that people agree to the rules of the roads and encourage a consistent stream of movement.

I therefore urge all MOTORISTS to:

•    Drive at a safe speed and always observe the speed limit.
•    Always wear your seat belt and ensure that passengers do the same.
•    Do NOT drink and drive.
•    Follow other vehicles at a safe distance.
•    Do not use a mobile phone while driving.
•    Overtake with care.
•    Take regular breaks – at least every two hours.
•    Before you drive a vehicle ensure that:
•    The vehicle is properly licensed,
•    It has a valid insurance policy,
•    You have the valid and appropriate licence to drive the vehicle.

•    Always cross the road at designated pedestrian or zebra crossings.
•    Always use footpaths where they are available.
•    Do not cross at bends in the road where you cannot see the danger of oncoming vehicles.
•    If you are walking in a group, walk in single file facing oncoming traffic.
•    When crossing the road, be attentive and on the lookout for oncoming vehicles.

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