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