The Northern Cape MEC responsible for Transport, Safety and Liaison – Lebogang Motlhaping last week released the Preliminary Festive Season Road Safety Report for the Province, in Kimberley. The MECs address unpacked provincial road safety performances during the Festive Season and highlighted the conduct of road users on the roads during the period. The department says, practising road safety remains a year round campaign and road users should continue to use the roads with caution and abide by the rules of the roads.
“It is crucial that we recognize that each and every action we take on the roads can severely impact on someone else’s life. Road accidents not only cripple the economy of the country but severely impacts on the quality of lives of many households, as some that are injured or perish on the roads are breadwinners.” Although road conduct was practised by some, the MEC lambasted that some road users conduct was a challenge for traffic and police officials. ” Our major challenge remains the behavior of some road users and their disregard for the rules of the road and therefore putting the lives of all other road users at risk.”
The MEC further extended his gratitude to law officials who tirelessly worked the roads during the season. “It would be a great injustice if I do not also use this platform to recognize the sacrifices the men and women in uniform make during this crucial time whilst many are spending time with family. These men and women sacrifice time with family, to continue to be guardians of our roads.”
Over twenty-three-thousand vehicles were checked at routine stops, and over two-thousand summons were issued to those who were in breach of the rules of the road. The MEC says forty-percent of the summons issued – were served to speeding road users. “Analysing the data, speeding constituted more than 40% of summons issued at a total of 861 summonses while the highest speed recorded was 173km/h near Richmond on the N1 in a 120km/h zone.”
Fatigue, pedestrian negligence and overloading were also amongst some of the concerns for the MEC. He further urged road users to schedule rest stops every 200km or 2hours on any journey. During the period – the Northern Cape saw a significant increase in the number of road crashes nationally with 54 fatalities recorded in the province.
“Areas that recorded the most fatalities were in Springbok with 14 fatalities, Upington with 12 and Mothibistad recorded 8 fatalities, it goes without saying that the recorded increase in fatalities is undesirable despite the Province continuing to record the lowest number of fatalities across the 9 Provinces.”
The MEC further extended his condolences to families who have lost loved ones during the period. “I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to families and friends who lost loved ones during this period. It goes without saying, that one life lost on the roads is one life too many,” Motlhaping concluded.