Western Cape MEC concerned over pedestrian killings
The Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell has urged citizens to be mindful when being on the provinces roads especially as we enter the weekend.
Mitchell has raised concerns over the increase in pedestrian killings. In the first nine days of August 2022, twenty-three of the 34 people killed in crashes on Western Cape roads were pedestrians. This is five more, than the previous week.
“I urge everyone to play a role in improving road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers and drivers. Our Safely Home campaign encourages motorists to be vigilant on the road, and pedestrians to make themselves visible to motorists, especially at night and in the early morning. “
Mitchell shared tips on how to be safer on the province’s roads.
“Make sure that you never drink and walk near traffic. Find a safer way to get home. Make sure that you wear visible clothing. Motorists cannot avoid you if they cannot see you. Remove your headphones or earphones when you cross a road so that you can hear oncoming traffic. Only cross in designated places, or in places where you can safely cross. Think carefully about the value of your own life and the lives of others.”
Officials also arrested 115 suspects in the past week, with the bulk of these (84) being for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Furthermore, the MEC also urged motorists to follow the rules of the road. Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services recorded a total of 471 speeding offences and 12 341 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness. Twenty-two vehicles were impounded and 155 were discontinued for unroadworthiness.
“Speeding is a serious concern. The faster you drive, the less time you have to respond to an emergency and the more space you need to stop to avoid a crash. Speeding is irresponsible and dangerous,” said Mitchell.
Done By: Mitchum George