MEC to launch 2022 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign

During the 2021 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign closed with a major roadblock on the N1 near Kroonstad. PHOTO: Department of Police, Roads and Transport

The MEC for Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT), William Bulwane, will officially launch the 2022 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign in Petrusburg on Tuesday, 13 December.

According to the DPRT spokesperson, Hillary Mophethe, the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign is generally characterised by an intense focus on safety on our roads.

“This is because of the high traffic volume that is expected on our roads that result in an increase in road fatalities. It is a time when everyone partakes in festivities of the season while others are visiting their families and friends, and migrant workers are travelling back to their homes. Sometimes they do not even reach their destinations due to the road carnage,” said Mophethe.

She adds that the objective of the campaign is to ensure the smooth flow of traffic during this peak season and to prevent reckless and negligent driving which could result in road accidents. “As road users we also have to bear in mind that by 31 March 2024, our target is to reduce the road carnage by 25%.”

The launch is in collaboration with different churches in and around the Petrusburg area under the theme: “It starts with you.”

“All road users are reminded to always adhere to the rules and regulations of our roads. If not, they will have to bear the brunt of our law enforcers who will be on duty 24/7 over the festive period,” Mophethe concluded.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin