It will be irresponsible of motorists to deliberately contravene road safety rules at night or weekends for the next two months in Mpumalanga simply because traffic officials will not be on duty.
The department of roads and transport has announced that there would be no money to pay overtime during these periods because they have overspent their 2008-9 budget.
This situation does not give motorists the licence to behave irresponsibly.
Traffic officials patrol our roads to make sure road safety laws are adhered to. The ultimate responsibility, however, lies with the drivers themselves.
While the department is awaiting its new budget in April, motorists are urged to drive safely.