As the Easter weekend approaches, the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has issued a plea to road users to take necessary precautions to prevent road accidents. Authorities across the country are gearing up for the expected surge in vehicles on major roads. With holidaymakers traveling for the long weekend, the Western Cape province has already experienced high traffic volumes. The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is also taking steps to sustain the steady decline in road fatalities, with a focus on reducing road crashes. Meanwhile, Gauteng traffic police have announced the deployment of community patrollers to pedestrian hitch-hiking spots over the weekend, according to EWN.
The Easter weekend is traditionally a time of increased traffic and road accidents in South Africa. SANRAL has urged road users to be vigilant and cautious on the roads to avoid accidents. This includes adhering to speed limits, wearing seat belts, and refraining from using mobile phones while driving. It is also important to take regular breaks and avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is implementing measures to reduce road crashes and fatalities during the Easter weekend. This includes increased visibility of traffic police on the roads, as well as the use of speed cameras and breathalyzer tests. The department is also working with local communities to promote road safety awareness and encourage safe driving practices.
In Gauteng, traffic police have announced the deployment of community patrollers to pedestrian hitch-hiking spots over the Easter weekend. The aim is to prevent road accidents involving pedestrians and to ensure the safety of those using the roads. The community patrollers will be equipped with reflective vests and will be stationed at various points along major roads to assist pedestrians and monitor traffic.
Overall, it is important for all road users to exercise caution and take necessary precautions to prevent road accidents during the Easter weekend. By being aware of the increased traffic on the roads, adhering to road safety regulations, and staying alert, we can all contribute to making our roads safer for everyone.