As part of the Road Safety Campaign 2011-2020, which is trying to alleviate the extent of road carnages in the world by an estimated 50% in the year 2020, the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT) will be hosting an interdenominational prayer service on 10 February 2019.
Departmental spokesperson, Hillary Mophete, told Bloemfontein Courant on Wednesday that since road safety is everybody’s responsibility it has become a huge moral and religious challenge of the 21st century, with quite a number of carnages having been recorded in the province.
She said the ceremony is in a bid to plead for moral revival that will seek to bring about a change in attitude and conduct of road users. “We are doing this so that there will be a greater urgency to heed the traffic regulations and act responsibly on our highways and byways. During the church service on Sunday 10 February in Senekal, the department and civil society will join hands to support an active partnership that will put an end to the massacre on our roads,” she added.
Mophete further said they hope that through prayer, awareness and educational initiatives, road users will also be implored to respect human life by driving carefully and adhering to the rules of the road. “Therefore, the DPRT would like to urge all congregants and spiritual leaders to ensure that road safety becomes a standing feature on their Sunday sermon agendas so that the word on road safety is spread far and wide and people’s hearts and souls are touched by the plight so that their behaviour on our roads are changed irrevocably,” Mophete concluded.
The prayer will take place at 09:00 at Tumisang Primary School, Senekal. – Lucky Nkuyane