South Africans urged to be road safety ambassadors

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Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to obey the rules of the road at all times.

It is that time of the year when South Africa’s roads are busy. As we approach Christmas and New Year holidays, people start travelling long distances to visit family and friends. South Africans are urged to be vigilant and to abide by the country’s traffic laws. Road traffic officials and emergency services share road safety tips on how to Arrive Alive.

At the third National Road Safety Summit held earlier this year, the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, revealed that South Africa fully embraces the Global Road Safety drive endorsed by United Nations Road Safety to reduce road deaths by half by the year 2020. The CEO of Road Traffic Management Corporation, Makhosini Msibi, says it is imperative that traffic law enforcers are to get tough on all offenders. He says it is important to ensure that every citizen is safe on our roads.

Msibi says a number of people in the past have lost their lives through vehicle accidents and urges citizens to be responsible drivers. He says every South African should be a road safety ambassador. Msibi warns all drivers to be vigilant and to abide by traffic laws. He says they will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that every road user is safe and arrives alive at their destination.

ER24 Spokesperson, Chitra Bodasing Harduth, adds that in the past weeks they have assisted people who have sustained moderate to severe injuries due to road accidents and shares tips on how to arrive alive. Arrive Alive spokesperson, Johan Jonck, reveals that road death statistics have increased in the past year, with drunk driving remaining as one of the main contributors to crashes. He urges South Africans not to drink and drive and to be extra cautious.

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