Motorists urged to prioritise safety as festive season comes to an end

RTMC/Gauteng traffic roadblock at the Total Panarama Petropoort on the N1. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency(ANA)

RTMC/Gauteng traffic roadblock at the Total Panarama Petropoort on the N1. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency(ANA)

Published Jan 14, 2024


The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has urged motorists to prioritise safety and patience on the roads as the holiday season comes to an end.

The corporation said the post-holiday travel period was often characterised by high travel volumes and this called for heightened safety measures from road users to ensure that all travellers reached their destinations safely.

Whether one is driving, taking public transport, or using other modes of transport, the following safe measures should be heeded:

Plan ahead:

Check weather and road conditions before starting your journey.

Plan your route in advance and be aware of alternative routes.

Get sufficient rest:

Ensure you are well-rested before embarking on a long journey.

If driving, take breaks to prevent fatigue.

Buckle up:

Always wear your seatbelt, and ensure all passengers do the same.

Avoid distractions:

Keep your focus on the road and avoid distractions such as mobile phones.

If using navigation systems, program them prior to driving.

Follow traffic rules:

Adhere to speed limits and all traffic regulations.

Be cautious in construction zones and adhere to all signage.

Be prepared:

Carry an emergency kit with essential supplies.

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition before starting your journey.

Stay informed:

Keep updated on traffic conditions through local news or navigation apps.

Be aware of any potential road closures or detours.

“By following these guidelines, travellers can contribute to a safer and more enjoyable post-holiday travel experience. The RTMC wishes everyone a smooth journey back home, filled with wonderful memories of the holiday season.”

At the start of the festive season, Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga voiced concerns about many issues that contribute to numerous fatalities on roads such as drunken driving, speeding, driving cars that are not roadworthy, and driving without a legal licence.

The RTMC said it was glaring that the incidence of fatal crashes increased after hours, from 7pm to 8pm, followed by the period 10pm to 11pm, and in the early hours of the morning between 1am and 2am. A new phenomenon is the incidence of crashes between 9am and 11am on Monday and Tuesday.

According to the stats, Gauteng, with 148, led the way with the most crashes, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 138 crashes, the Eastern Cape with 99, Mpumalanga 77 and the Free State 63.

Limpopo had 59 crashes, the Western Cape 57, the North West 50 and the Northern Cape 25. | The Star

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