Call for vigilance on the roads

GOVERNMENT has called on all road users to exercise caution on the roads and obey traffic rules.

This comes as South Africa commemorates Transport Month, which is held in October under the theme: “Together we move South Africa forward”.

Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said road safety continues to remain one of the government’s priorities.

She said government was aware that road accidents take a massive toll on society and called on road users including pedestrians to be more vigilant as the festive season approaches.

“Every person is accountable for a responsible behaviour on the roads. A death is one too many. We cannot tolerate any more carnage on our roads. Government continues to work with all stakeholders to provide safe, reliable and efficient transport systems.

“Road fatalities are a major concern to government, however it takes society as a whole to ensure that they play their part in curbing the high accident rate. The death toll as a result of road accidents remains at an unacceptable level. Too many lives are lost and families duly affected because of, among others, reckless driving,” said Williams.

Government will showcase the progress achieved in its transport programmes and projects during October.

“As people begin to prepare for long trips over the upcoming festive season, let us be responsible by ensuring that our vehicles are roadworthy and that we abide by the prescribed road rules,” said Williams.