South Africa 4.4.2015 01:00 pm

Road users, be vigilant – Dipuo Peters

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters talks to a motorist during a roadblock in the Free State. Pic: Siyabulela Duda

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters talks to a motorist during a roadblock in the Free State. Pic: Siyabulela Duda

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters urged road users to observe the rules of the road, particularly dangerous overtaking, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

This after a head-on collision occurred at the Shelly Beach off-ramp in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal, where six people died, including a child.

Netcare 911 paramedics and the emergency services found absolute carnage at the scene, with accident debris and the twisted frames of vehicles spread over a large area. Some of the occupants were still trapped in the wrecked vehicles.

Peters called on all law enforcement officers to ensure the law was implemented without any fear, nor favour, and that they should avoid taking bribes.

“If they do so, they would have missed an opportunity to reduce carnages on our roads,” said Peters.

“All road users are reminded that as they continue to celebrate Easter weekend and that as they prepare to drive back this coming Monday to various destinations, they must do so with due regard of the law. It is every road user’s responsibility to ensure that they act responsible all times, knowing that one death is too many.”

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) urged motorists to check their vehicles before embarking on long journeys.

Road users should report any form of irresponsible and reckless driving by calling the RTMC’s toll free number: 0861-400-800.

 

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