MEC calls for vigilance on roads

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Eastern Cape Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana pleads with motorists to remain vigilant ahead of the Easter weekend.

Tikana advised road users to take extra care as this time of the year is generally characterized by high traffic volumes as people travel to various destinations.

It is expected that traffic volumes will start picking up considerably this afternoon into the early hours of Easter Friday on all the national roads.

Tikana said, “Weather conditions are expected to be gloomy throughout the weekend, as rain and fog are set to prevail within the province. This will have an adverse effect on the roads as they become slippery and visibility will be poor. Let us keep our roads safe, remain vigilant and focused when making use of the road.”

A statement issued by the department indicated that provincial traffic law enforcement officers will be on high alert with various inter-provincial operations planned to ensure safe passage of all road users.

Part of promoting road safety will be to ensure that all motorists are compliant with road traffic rules with regards to the state of their vehicles as well as payment of traffic fines.

The department encourages all motorists to ensure that they are compliant in all aspects in order to avoid delays as contravention of traffic laws will lead to one’s removal on the road.

“Attention will be placed on roads that have been previously flagged as high risks for road crashes such as the N2 between East London and Mthatha, Kokstad, East London and King William’s Town. The R61 between Komani and Mthatha, R61 between Port St Johns and Bizana as well as the routes from the Western Cape to Eastern Cape through the N2 and the R61,” reads the statement.

“Fatalities over this period have remained unacceptably high and evidence suggests that reckless driving, excessive speed, drinking and driving/walk remain as the leading cause of road crashes. Human error is still the main cause of road crashes and the department plead with all road users to take responsibility for their safety,” said the statement.

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