Friday, October 31, 2014

Motorists wanted to drive with care over pay-weekend

Oscar Thomas
31 October 2014

The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said it is concerned about the increase in fatalities on the province’s roads over pay day weekend. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said in September pay weekend resulted in 31 people being killed of which 16 of the fatalities were vehicle occupants whose bodies were recovered outside the vehicle, a sign of not buckling up. 

Dube said Pay day means more money available for people to travel, shop and visit loved ones, but it also means more money available for the purchase of alcohol.

Dube said greater mobility and greater access to alcohol are reflected in spikes in the death rate over pay day weekends.

“While further data analysis is required to isolate all of the factors involved, the public are warned please to exercise extra caution over this time Dube added.

Meanwhile Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa has warned motorists to not exceed the speed limit and exercise extreme caution while driving. 

He added that motorist need to not drink and drive and pedestrian also need to careful when crossing the road especially on highways. 

Africa said do not mix alcohol and road use. Driving or walking on the roads while intoxicated is a quick way to an early grave. Use public transport if you intend drinking alcohol.

“Remember that we will be on the roads all night all weekend, and you could end up in jail if you choose to get behind the wheel after drinking Africa added.

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