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Easter Road safety campaign launched

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The MEC of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Nomandla Bloem, launched the Easter road safety campaign in Springbok earlier this week.

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AS higher traffic volumes are expected on the Northern Cape roads during the Easter Holiday season, the provincial Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, including the provincial South African Police Services (SAPS) indicated that they will clamp down on any lawlessness during this period.

The MEC of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Nomandla Bloem, launched the Easter road safety campaign in Springbok earlier this week.

Bloem said although the road fatality statistics in the Province are lower compared to the national statistics, law enforcement agencies will remain vigilant and visible during this period.

“We will have a four-pronged approach on the implementation of the Easter Operational Plan for 2023 focusing on the synchronisation of activities including law enforcement, communication, community outreach and stakeholder collaborations.

“Operationally, we will focus on enforcement with regards to speed and chain speed, moving violations, road worthiness of public transport, impaired or dangerous driving and fatigue management. There will be tactical roadblocks with the provincial police and the Department of Home Affairs, who will conduct stop and checks to ensure vehicles are roadworthy.

“We will continue road safety education and awareness interventions at taxi ranks, bus stops and have media engagements to ensure road safety messages reach our people, said Bloem.

The Northern Cape MEC of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Nomandla Bloem accompanied by Provincial Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola, during the launch of the Easter Road Safety campaign in Springbok. Picture: Supplied

Bloem said they have already identified the route which will carry an influx of traffic.

“We have identified certain roads, such as the R31 from Hotazel up to Kimberley, the N18 from Warrenton to Taung, the N12 from Warrenton to Three Sisters, the N14 from Kuruman to Upington, the N10 from Upington to De Aar, the N1 from Colesberg to Three Sisters and the R385 from Olifantshoek to Danielskuil as the routes that will be more busier than usual this holiday.

“We will be especially vigilant on these routes to ensure all road users adhere to the rules of the road and the law. The reduction of road trauma, injury including road fatalities remain the objective of our department. We will promote good road behaviour and encourage all road users to comply with the rules of the road. Our traffic centres will submit daily reports and our provincial office will monitor activities and as they occur,” she said.

The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola vowed that the police will adopt a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to road users who do not abide by the law.

“We will intensify roadblocks and vehicle check points on all roads leading in and out of the Province. Our members will be out in full force to ensure the safety and security of people on and off the roads. We will have no mercy when it comes to drinking and driving as well as drinking in public,” Otola vowed.

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