Saturday, 26 December 2020 15:00

Staff Reporter.

Gauteng has seen a significant increase in road deaths so far over the Christmas weekend.

Seven people were killed in seven crashes in less than 18 hours.

Gauteng Traffic Police Community Safety spokesperson Obed Sibasa says drunk driving and pedestrian fatal crashes remain a major concern.

"Out of the seven fatalities, 3 are pedestrians, 3 passengers and one biker. Contributing factors, pedestrians not visible on the roads, speeding, failing to stop at intersections and drunk driving. Drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, the highest breath alcohol reading was 1.10, a potential killer."

Sibasa added that traffic police officers were fast losing patience.

"Motorists, pedestrians, and other road users found to be breaking the rules of the road will be dealt with decisively. We will have no option but to do our work [and] lock you up, be warned," he said.

Motorists have been encouraged to adhere to the following safety tips to enhance road safety during the festive season and beyond:

  • Drivers must at all times adhere to the prescribed speed limit.
  • Passengers are encouraged not to carry large luggage with them, which might overload the vehicles.
  • All road users are advised not to consume alcohol when undertaking any trip.
  • Motorists must never overtake another vehicle when it is unsafe to do so or in contravention with any rule of the road.
  • Drivers who embark on long distance trips are encouraged to rest every two hours of driving as fatigue may cause a crash.
  • When visibility is hampered or during heavy rainfall, motorists are encouraged to switch on their headlamps.
  • Pedestrians must never walk on freeways.
  • Pedestrians must not wear earphones while walking.
  • Motor cyclists must always wear helmets and refrain from overtaking other vehicles while it is unsafe to do so.
  • Reckless and Negligent driving must always be avoided.

The Gauteng Traffic Police will continue to enforce compliance with road safety rules and regulations during the festive season and beyond.