Tshwane Chairperson of Community Safety Urges Road Users to be Extra Vigilant on the Road

ActionSA urges road users, motorists, and pedestrians alike, to be extra vigilant all South African roads, including those in the City of Tshwane, during the upcoming holiday period.

The festive season is known for increased alcohol consumption which lead to a surge in road fatalities, while drivers take on a more relaxed attitude on our roads – often disregarding road signals and rules.

In the City of Tshwane, the N1 North and the N4 East and West tends to get busier during this time with holiday makers traveling in and out and through the city.

A multidisciplinary task force comprising Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD), National Traffic Department, South Africa Police Services together with the Emergency Services Department (ESD) are therefore on high alert. Roadblocks, vehicle inspections, roadworthy assessments and driver sobriety will be thoroughly checked.

The City of Tshwane has taken a zero-tolerance approach to lawlessness and reckless driving.

At the launch of Festive Road Safety Awareness Campaign held recently, I once again pledged the support of my office and the committee I’m chairing to the men and women in uniform who continue to risk their lives daily ensuring the safety of our residents.

Year in and year out, South Africa records accidents caused by excessive alcohol consumption. This cannot be right. We need to change our attitude on the road, exercise patience and caution to ensure safe travelling and a reduction in road fatalities.

We implore road users to help us help them by playing their part. Do not drink and drive or walk and have their vehicles inspected before long trips, take a break when fatigued and be vigilant on the roads.

Arrive alive.