Traffic officers vow to keep motorists in check

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Traffic authorities have vowed to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure that road users complied with the law.

The stark warning coincides with the festive season, which is characterised by the escalation of road accidents as South Africans drive to various holiday destinations across the country.

South Africa has one of the highest road deaths in the world arising from accidents.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said yesterday that 275 people had died since the start of the holiday season on December 1 in 230 accidents. Gauteng leads with 62 fatal crashes.

The RTMC said the fatalities had claimed the lives of 126 pedestrians.

Meanwhile, a motorist was arrested at the weekend for speeding between the Grasmere tollgate and the Golden Highway.

He clocked 257km/h, the fastest recorded speed in South Africa ever.

The motorist, who was driving an Audi TT, is out on R1000 bail. He appeared in court yesterday.

The RTMC has offered the following tips to road users:

l Pedestrians should cross at intersections or bridges and crossings that have been specially made for them;

l Pedestrians should aways walk on the right hand side, as close to the edge as possible, facing oncoming traffic;

l Pedestrians should wear light coloured clothing at night to increase their visibility to motorists;

l Pedestrians should avoid walking or crossing freeways as vehicles travel at high speeds. It is illegal for pedestrians to be on the freeway;

l Drivers and passengers should always wear seatbelts no matter how short or long the distance. Serious injuries can be prevented by simply buckling up;

l Children should always seat properly at the back and secured;

l Passengers should use seatbelts in public transport where such a facility is provided.

Seatbelts are designed to reduce serious injuries should vehicles be involved in a collision.