Government steps up road safety campaigns

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and other law enforcement agencies have taken a different approach to reduce road carnage this Easter.

Easter weekend holidays are characterised by the mass movement of people particularly pilgrims and as a result it is a period of high demand for long distance travel.

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Government agency, RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said the leisure tourism also increased this demand for road transportation.

“This dynamic increase of vehicular traffic movement is exploited to increase profit as transport market is booming, this results in all kinds of traffic violations committed and this places a burden on the limited resources within the fraternity as commuters travel in a compounded time frame.”

He said pedestrian movement also increases on freeways and other routes of critical importance including urban and built-up areas. Besides a large exodus towards Moria many migrant workers from neighbouring countries such as Mozambique return home during the Easter recess.

RTMC said it would improve the law enforcement interventions to support by road safety awareness campaigns:

The 2017 National Road Traffic Safety Easter weekend approach will endeavour to achieve the following targets:

– Reduce road traffic crashes and fatalities by 50 percent

– To maximise the impact of road safety education and law enforcement operations by increasing seamless operations

– To ensure responsible road usage

– To ensure support to provinces through directing resources as force multiplier to identified critical locations

– To ensure coordination and support for traffic policing through the National Road Traffic Joint Operations Centre

– To ensure total compliance of all road users with all road traffic regulations

– To create a safe road traffic environment for all road users

– To increase visible law enforcement

– To ensure effective and efficient response to accidents.

– To reduce high risk accident zones throughout the country, and

– To ensure intelligence driven deployment.

This plan was to better communication the road safety message and thereby reduce road fatalities during this period, Zwane said.

“We offer the following basic road safety tips to all motorists and road users:

– Avoid alcoholic beverages and heavy foods when travelling long distances.

– Rest after 200 kilometres or every two hours

– Do not pressurise your guests to drink when they are going to be driving later

– Do not allow your drunk friends and family to walk home

– Arrange lifts with sober drivers or provide overnight accommodation for your guests.

– If on medication, make sure that it will not impair your driving ability.

– If you have just bought a new car and are travelling a long distance home to it show off to parents, take an experienced co-driver to assist and guide you.

RTMC identified the following high accidents zones for increased operations this year:

– R573 (Moloto Road)

– R80 (Mabobane – Tswhane)

– R101 (Hammanskraal – Polokwane), alternative route to N1

– N1 (Laingsburg – Cape Town)

– N1 (Tshwane – Polokwane)

– N1 (Johannesburg – Bloemfontein)

– N2 (Mthatha – Port Elizabeth)

– N3 (Johannesburg – Durban)

– N4 (Tshwane – Lebombo border)

– N5 (Winburg – Harrismith)

– N6 (Bloemfontein – East London)

– N14 (Klerksdorp – Kimberly)

– N11 (Middleburg – Groblersdal)

– N12 (Klerksdorp – Wolmaranstad)

– R61 (Beaufort west – Mthatha)

– R30 (Bloemfontein, Klerksdorp and Ventersdorp)

– R378 (Vryburg)

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