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Easter road safety campaign launched in Northern Cape

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The Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison will intensify road safety for the Easter long weekend.

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison will intensify road safety campaigns through a “robust action plan” for the Easter long weekend and over the period April 14 to May 2.

The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Nomandla Bloem, made the announcement during the launch of the Easter Road Safety Campaign in Kimberley earlier this week.

Bloem was joined by Sol Plaatje executive mayor Kagisho Sonyoni, SAPS senior management and representatives of other law enforcement entities.

The campaign aims to improve the mobilisation of law enforcement officers for deployment on the Province’s roads in order to promote safety and the prevention of injury or loss of life.

Bloem pointed out that the campaign also aims to accommodate homeward-bound journeys after the Easter festivities.

Operations are expected to be intensified in areas identified by the provincial analysis, from Thursday nights until Friday mornings and on Sunday nights until Monday mornings, between 4pm and 2am.

Bloem highlighted that the Northern Cape statistics on road fatalities remain the lowest on average nationally.

“Our Easter period 2021 fatalities were six, which included two drivers, two passengers and two pedestrians,” said Bloem.

She added that “tactical roadblocks” will be set up, with SAPS members and Department of Home Affairs officials stationed on the roads to perform stop-and-checks and to ensure safer vehicles over the Easter long weekend.

“We will continue road safety education and awareness interventions at taxi ranks and bus stops, as well as continuous media engagement to ensure road safety messages reach our people.

“We know there will be a lot of festivals and parties drawing large numbers of people and these events require proper policing.”

According to Bloem, a significant increase in traffic is expected on the R31 between Kimberley and Kuruman, the N18 towards Mahikeng and the N14 between Kathu and Kuruman, as well as the N1 between Richmond and Three Sisters.

“The Easter Festive Season Operational Plan will see the deployment of Provincial Traffic and the South African Police Service as force multipliers, as well as our stakeholder departments and other law enforcement units.”

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