Road safety everyone’s responsibility

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South Africans are urged to be road safety ambassadors as the world today (Sunday) celebrates the 2016 World Remembrance Day for Victims of Road Accidents.

The CEO of Road Traffic Management Corporation, Makhosini Msibi, says a lot of people have lost their lives through vehicle accidents, and urges citizens to be cautious as the nation acknowledges those who have been affected.

“It is our joint responsibility to save lives and to take care of others. We urge South Africans to be responsible, and to drive safely. Let us not be participants in knowing and killing our nation”.

The National Traffic Information System recorded a total of 455 856 expired professional driving permits (PDP) between 2015/2016. Provinces, which recorded the highest percentages are Gauteng, followed by the Northern Cape with approximately 47% and the North West with 45.36%.

Msibi also mentioned that they have noted an increased number of drivers who obtained their driving licences fraudulently, and appeals to South Africans to abide by the law.

The World Remembrance Day is marked to remember millions of people who were killed, injured and affected by road accidents worldwide. It is also used to reflect on the burden and costs which road accidents put on families, while advocating for road safety.

Katleho Morapela/Courant News

katleho@centralmediagroup.co.za