JOHANNESBURG: Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has called on motorists to priorities road safety this long weekend to avoid unnecessary crashes and fatalities.
Increased traffic volumes have been experienced on Gauteng roads since Easter weekend with accidents happening due to long distance travelling for various purposes.
Nkosi-Malobane says the department will take appropriate action to deal with road traffic violations this long weekend.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and I urge our motorists to ensure compliance with the rules of the road as we approach the long weekend”, she said.
According to Malobane, Road crashes and fatalities contribute to the alarming rate of disabilities and deaths in the province.
“This is largely attributed to the attitude and behavior of road users. Substance abuse and vehicle fitness are just some of the challenges that compound the situation on our roads”.
In statement, pedestrian fatalities also contribute to the statistics due to walking whilst on headphones as it also cost people their lives in most cases.
Cautioning against the prospect of accidents being caused by exhaustion, Malobane adds that people should refrain from substance abuse and crossing at places that are not safe such as the freeways.
The Law Enforcement Officers will be conducting regular mobile testing operations focusing particularly on public transport and freight transport.
The provincial Department of Community says Authorities will be on high alert this weekend to deal decisively with road traffic violations such as drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, speeding, pedestrians’ safety, freight overloading and roadworthiness.