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By unknown | Sep 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

The Limpopo department of roads and transport intends to pay special attention to roads that lead into the capital, Polokwane, that are notorious for high traffic volumes.

This is in anticipation of the religious pilgrimage to Moria, the headquarters of the Zion Christian Church.

Speaking during the launch of the Arrive Alive campaign in Polokwane yesterday, MEC for roads and transport Justice Pitso said road safety was not only about the driver being diligent in terms of observing traffic signs and following the rules of the road, but also the condition of the vehicle in use.

"Irrespective of how good the driver is, if the vehicle is without brakes or lights, or having worn -out tyres or similar deficiencies, such a trip poses great risks to road users," he said.

He identified the Mookgophong and Matoks-Botlokwa road on the N1, and the Nobody-Boyne on the R71 between Polokwane and Moria as the areas with high pedestrian activity.

"We exhort motorists to be on the alert for pedestrians crossing the road. In the same breath, we appeal to pedestrians to take into account that these roads will be busy and that they must be sufficiently cautious as they cross the road."

Pitso said they would set up roadblocks on major routes to ensure high visibility patrols.


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