Traffic officers are set to tackle the roads

Chief traffic officer, Victor Lekwadu.

BURGERSFORT – Traffic officers in the town will be out on the local roads in full force this Easter weekend to ensure motorists have valid drivers’ licences and that their vehicles are roadworthy.Speaking to the Steelburger/Lydenburg News, chief traffic officer at the Fetakgomo Greater Tubatse Municipality, Victor Lekwadu, said road safety would be a top priority this Easter.”We won’t tire or relent in our campaign to make our roads safer,” he said. He added that traffic officers would also clamp down on motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol, drive negligently, overtake where they should not and exceed the speed limit.”We are sending a clear message that if motorists drive recklessly and irresponsibly, our traffic officers will have no choice but to lock them up in jail.”Major roads such as the R37 and the R555 are expected to experience the highest traffic volumes as thousands of Zion Christian Church members flock towards the holy city.

Lekwadu has provided a few tips for motorists and pedestrians:

• Exercise patience and tolerance on

the road

• Avoid alcohol during the trip. Do not drink and drive or walk

• Plan long trips with sufficient rest stops and viewing time to enjoy the beautiful scenery that South Africa is blessed

with

• Take special care when driving in areas where there is prevalence of stray animals

• Do not drive an unsafe vehicle

• Maintain a following distance when travelling, observe the three seconds rule

• Pedestrians must wear visible and bright clothing especially at night and during inclement weather

• Keep headlights on during inclement weather to increase visibility

• Only overtake when it is safe to do so

• Do not slow down at a crash scene as this can cause an obstruction to other road users and result in secondary accidents.

  AUTHOR
Gilbert Motseo

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