Tshwane aiming for zero road fatalities over Easter
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Tshwane aiming for zero road fatalities over Easter

The City of Tshwane says it’s aiming for a zero road fatalities over the coming Easter weekend.

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by Sibahle Motha

Tshwane launched its Easter safety campaign at the Carousel Toll Plaza in the N1 outside Pretoria on Thursday.

 

The city’s MMC of Roads and Transport Sheila Lynn Senkubuge says the department’s target over the long weekend is to have zero fatalities.

The city has also added new vehicles to its fleet to ensure a stronger presence on the roads.  

 

Although it’s not known exactly how many vehicles will be on the roads, Senkubuge says police are ready for the long weekend.

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“Well, we are working close together with the Tshwane Metro Police Department. They’re the ones who are looking at the number of cars that are distributed and how many law enforcement officers are out on the road.

 

“As the department, we are focused on looking at driver behaviour. We’re looking at all commuters whether it’s taxi drivers, private car drivers and just encouraging them to obey the rules of the road and just to make sure that their cars are road worthy,” she says.

 

Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, who launched this year’s safety campaign, has also urged motorists to abide by the rules of the road.

 

“My message is for the motorists observe the rules of the road. They need to ensure that their cars are in a roadworthy condition. They need to make sure they buckle up, and when they are tired they need to rest. Don’t drink and drive, don’t be on a cellphone while they are driving. So observance of the general road traffic rules are what we want to encourage our motorists to observe them.”


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