Road safety is everybody's responsibility

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pretoria - Road users are urged to adhere to road regulations during the Easter weekend as they travel to their respective destinations..

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), said statistics show that approximately 47 percent of drivers and 70 percent of adult pedestrians are involved in fatal crashes during that time..

Reports of fatal crashes indicate that human factors played a major role in most of the provinces, with Gauteng in the lead where almost 50 percent ascribed to excessive speed.

RTMC acting CEO Collins Letsoalo warned that speed, drinking and driving are a trend among road users.

"What is extremely worrying is the negative behaviour that some of our motorists take to the roads, where disobeying the rules of the road are the order of the day.

"We urge all drivers to exercise extreme caution particularly when ferrying passengers, as the responsibility of getting people safely to their destinations is in the hands of the driver," Letsoalo said.

Letsoalo said plans have been put in place to ensure drivers adhere to the rules and regulations of the road.

"Road safety is everybody's responsibility. A road crash is someone's fault, don't let it be yours," he said.

Motorists are urged to report bad driving on 0861 400-800.