Drive to arrive alive

Nearly 10 million vehicles are expected to head to different holiday destinations on South African roads as the festive season kicks in this week.

Nearly 10 million vehicles are expected to head to different holiday destinations on South African roads as the festive season kicks in this week.

An exodus of this magnitude invariably poses a kingsize headache for traffic law enforcement agencies by magnifying the risk of accidents on national roads.

For their part, traffic authorities have promised to clamp down on driver offences such as illegal overtaking across barrier lines, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and driving without wearing a seatbelt.

In spite of the public warnings, most motorists will still contravene road safety rules. Hundreds of people, including children, are killed on our roads because of impatient, fatigued, drunken and speeding drivers.

Last weekend set an ominous tone for the festive season when at least 15 people were killed in road accidents throughout the country.

To crown it all, a motorist was arrested for clocking 251kmh in a Lamborghini in a 120kmh zone at the weekend.

This is crazy.

Traffic officials should be lauded for nailing the culprit and impounding his vehicle.

There are too many people dying on South African roads because of reckless and speeding drivers.

Motorists are urged to drive carefully to save lives and arrive at their destinations safely.

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