Today, 23 April 2011, traffic volumes in the country have somewhat subsided since the exodus from the city centres started leaving from Easter Thursday. Many motorists and travelers have now reached their destinations. These volumes however will peak again as motorists and travelers make their way back to the cities, their places of employment and the schools also reopen.
The Department of Transport wishes to send a message of encouragement and caution to all motorists, pedestrian and travelers to exercise extreme caution during this time of year. To emphasize this message, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has also urged road users to do the right thing and obey all road rules this Easter.
“As part of the Arrive Alive-Make Roads Safe campaign, Law Enforcement Officers will be out in full force along major arterial routes and identified hazardous locations. Law enforcement operations will be conducted across the country in accordance with the National Rolling Enforcement Plan (NREP). The newly-established National Traffic Police will also bolster enforcement on vehicle roadworthiness, public passenger transport vehicles, speeds too high for circumstances, driving under the influence of alcohol and moving violations. Our Traffic Officers must be commended for their renewed dedication and commitment towards the NREP. We encourage motorists to take regular breaks and report bad driving to 0861 400 800. Pedestrians must ensure that they are visible in the dark, do not drink and walk, jaywalk or walk on freeways.
Through the Arrive Alive-Make Roads Safe campaign and NREP, South Africa is progressing well towards a unified, consistent and harmonised approach to traffic law enforcement in order to make a meaningful impact on road crashes and deaths. This is in line with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which will be officially launched world-wide on 11 May 2011.
Minister Ndebele’s Easter and Decade of Action for Road Safer 2011-2020 message is available and can be accessed on the Department of Transport’s website on www.transport.gov.za <http://www.transport.gov.za/> . The message is accessible under Latest News – Easter Road Safety Campaign.