The high visibility of law enforcement officers on the Eastern Cape’s roads has led to a reduction in road accidents this December, compared to the same period last year.
The provincial transport department also attributed this drop to the education and awareness campaigns it had been conducting from before the festive season.
Men and women in blue, keeping a close watch on those disobeying the road traffic rules. Negligent driving such as overtaking when it is dangerous to do so is one of the major causes of accidents in the province.
MEC for Transport Weziwe Tikana-Gxotiwe, MEC for Transport says, “We would like to applaud those who have been behaving on the roads and also want to appeal to pedestrians to be cautious on the roads cause some of the accidents involve pedestrians”
Motorists are travelling to various destinations to spend Christmas with their loved ones.
Traveller Sinethemba Mathabela says, “I’m from Cape town travelling to Durban and it’s been a smooth journey. There were potholes here’s and there but there are signs. We stop in between towns for breaks.”
Motorist Penny Petersen says “It’s good to see traffic officers because when we see them we drive OK but if there is no traffic on the road people drive carelessly.”
The Transport MEC has also urged citizens to stay in safe places and drive only when it’s necessary.