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Oudtshoorn Traffic strengthens operation during Festive Season
Friday, 18 December 2015 13:59

wcoetzeeStrengthening its operation as part of its commitment to road safety, the Oudtshoorn Municipality’s Traffic Services will up its game during the festive season, conducting various roadblocks in the town’s municipal precincts in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.

“A lot of innocent people die on our roads/streets mainly due to negligent and reckless driving especially during the festive period – we want to put an end to this with of course the help of both drivers and pedestrians,” said the acting Traffic Chief Warren Coetzee as he announced his festive traffic operational plan.

“We will have a zero tolerance approach on alcohol abuse for both drivers and pedestrians; this will be in collaboration with South African Police Services.

The festive season plan also comprises road safety factors such as fatigue, speed law enforcement, alcohol blitzes and general roadworthiness. We are also going to concentrate on public transport checking for operating licenses, PDP’s and overloading.

The Friends of Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was proclaimed by governments around the world and Oudtshoorn Traffic Department will contribute towards these goals. We all can make a difference by sticking to the rules of the road. Be safe and drive smart.”

Road Safety Tips for the Festive Season

  1. Obey the rules of the road and carry your driver’s license with you.
  2. Plan the route to your holiday destination and allow yourself enough time to reach the destination
  3. Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. All lights and indicators, windscreens, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, shock absorbers, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
  4. Do not overload.
  5. Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
  6. Have a good rest before you embark on your journey
  7. Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km. Rest, have an energy drink and continue once well rested.
  8. Do not drink and drive
  9. Try to recognize potentially dangerous drivers on and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them
  10. Be visible – drive with your lights on
  11. Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.
  12. Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
  13. Drive defensively
  14. Stay within the speed limit at all times
  15. Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so
  16. Maintain at least a 2 second following distance - this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
  17. Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself
  18. Avoid distractions on the road such as texting, conversations on cellular phones etc
  19. Be courteous towards fellow road users - keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate
  20. Know your emergency numbers - When you need assistance, kindly call the following numbers: Police 10111, Fire 044203 3000/3121, Ambulance 10177
Source: www.arrivealive.co.za