Adv. Pule Thole, MPL:
The DA is concerned about the road accidents on the province’s roads especially ahead of the Easter Weekend where many worshipers and holiday makers will spend a lot of time traveling.
According to the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison in the Northern Cape just between January and June 2014, a total of 4 324 accidents were recorded with 170 fatalities which included 7 781 people, while between 1 December 2014 and 5 January 2015 with 44 fatalities were recorded. One death on our roads is one too many.
It is extremely worrying to note these figures we cannot accept that so many people die on our roads. These figures should be reduced significantly through rigorous law enforcement campaigns to ensure that we create safer roads across the Northern Cape.
It is also concerning that most of the road carnage on our roads is due to, but not limited to the abuse of alcohol by both drivers and pedestrians, speeding too high for, use of cellphones while driving and not wearing seatbelts as well as dangerous overtaking at barrier line and or overtaking in the face of oncoming traffic.
These contributing factors are avoidable and require a comprehensive approach to change attitudes, perception and habits of all road users.
The DA appeals to all road users to obey and respect all road rules and drive with caution rest where possible and be patient on the roads.
We also call on the police and traffic officers to be more visible on the roads and enforce the law at all times. No stone should be left unturned to deal with those who disobey road rules and those on the wrong should face the full might of the law.
DA also wishes the Christian community and other religions a blessed and joyous Easter. May you have a wonderful Easter filled with love, peace and happiness.