MEC Nkosi-Malobane cautions drivers as Easter holidays end

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The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane calls on motorists, particularly public transport operators, to make road safety a priority following a spate of road accidents reported this Easter weekend. Traffic volumes are expected to increase on the major roads as a lot of people make it back to Gauteng from the other provinces.


Among the fatal accidents that occurred over the last few days one, in particular, was on the N1 South between Allandale off-ramp and New Road where two vehicles collided and one of the drivers sustained fatal injuries.

In a separate incident, there was a fatal crash involving a VW Polo on R114 travelling in the North between Cedar Road and Botha street at Nietgedacht. The accident happened at around 05h00. The vehicle rolled about 150 meters into the veld and the driver was flung out of it in the process. He passed on as a result of the accident.

“Our observation is that a lot of these accidents occurred as a result of non-compliance with the rules of the road. As we approach the last days of the Easter weekend I would like to encourage motorists to obey the rules of the road and keep Gauteng City Region safe. I appeal to pedestrians to take charge of their safety during these last days of the Easter period.

I would also like to caution drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times to ensure safety on the roads, take rest at two hour intervals, slowdown in urban areas where there are high traffic volumes. It is of concern that 70% percent of the fatalities that have occurred so far involve pedestrians.

The Law Enforcement Agencies will continue to enforce compliance with road safety rules and regulations. We will take appropriate action in collaboration with other spheres of government to minimize the fatal crashes reported this Easter weekend,” said MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.

 

To date, 29 pedestrians have been arrested for jay-walking and drinking in public, 328 drivers arrested for drunk driving majority, 180 motorists arrested for reckless driving and excessive speeding.

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