City launches road safety cam­paign

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE [email protected]

EX­EC­U­TIVE mayor Solly Msi­manga and Tsh­wane Metro Po­lice Depart­ment chief Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Jo­hanna Nkomo wish to go through the fes­tive sea­son with­out hav­ing to count bod­ies.

Msi­manga and Nkomo were speak­ing dur­ing the launch of the City’s 2018 Road Safety Op­er­a­tion at the Cen­tu­rion Li­cens­ing Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Both said that un­til such time when ev­ery pedes­trian and mo­torist took re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions, emer­gency ser­vices and road stake­hold­ers would con­tinue to do what they were em­ployed to do.

The launch served to in­di­cate the com­mit­ment of law en­force­ment agen­cies to in­ten­sify op­er­a­tions dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

Msi­manga said emer­gency of­fi­cials had to be on high alert 24/7 be­cause road safety and crime preven­tion con­tin­ued to be a con­cern, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

He cau­tioned mo­torists to abide by road rules and be ex­tra mind­ful of pedes­tri­ans.

“Road safety is ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity. And all of us can trust that the emer­gency ser­vices de­part­ments will con­tinue to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that makes it pos­si­ble for every­one to con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing and ul­ti­mately elim­i­nat­ing road fa­tal­i­ties.”

Nkomo added that City po­lice would be adopt­ing a zero-tol­er­ance to law break­ers, in­creas­ing vis­i­bil­ity to en­sure safety.

Msi­manga added that as in pre­vi­ous fes­tive op­er­a­tions, emer­gency ser­vices would con­cen­trate on all routes with high traf­fic vol­umes, but also fo­cus on pedes­trian safety, over­loaded trail­ers and pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cles.

Their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded be­ing on the look­out for drunken driv­ing, speed­ing and im­prov­ing re­sponse times to in­ci­dents and ac­ci­dents.

Em­pha­sis would also be placed on wear­ing of seat­belts, pub­lic ameni­ties, stop and searches, for­mal and in­for­mal busi­nesses and pri­or­ity crimes.

Msi­manga said of­fi­cers would be de­ployed on busy routes in and out of the city such as the N1, N4, Moloto Road, R101, N14, R21 and the Mabopane High­way to en­sure po­lice vis­i­bil­ity and the preven­tion of un­law­ful­ness.

“We urge all mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans to be vig­i­lant and obey the laws of the road dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

“By do­ing so you will not only save your life but the lives of other road users.”

African News Agency (ANA) JACQUES NAUDE

TSH­WANE Metro Po­lice Depart­ment head Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Jo­hanna Nkomo and ex­ec­u­tive mayor Solly Msi­manga dur­ing the launch of the Road Safety Op­er­a­tion. |

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