20 December 2013
The IFP calls on traffic law enforcement in
all provinces to show no mercy to reckless and negligent drivers
during this festive period. The high number of road deaths and
injuries sustained during this period are largely preventable
and in this regard we urge all road users to be vigilant and to
always obey the rules of the road.
IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros
Sithole, MP, said "Traffic officials must also deal harshly with
drivers who use mobile devices whilst driving as many accidents
are caused by drivers who are preoccupied on their phones when
they should be paying attention to the road. Traffic authorities
in all provinces must also ensure that traffic officers are
highly visible both day and night as this greatly assists in the
prevention of reckless and dangerous driving by motorists."
If we fail to act harshly against reckless and
negligent drivers, our roads will increasingly become
death-traps and will soon be declared the second highest killer
after HIV/Aids in South Africa.
Sithole further said that "The IFP
specifically calls upon the Mpumalanga traffic authorities to be
more active and more visible on the infamous Moloto Road
stretching from Pretoria via former KwaNdebele homeland to
Limpopo, where many fatalities have recently occurred."
Community members must remain vigilant and
report reckless drivers or those who drive under the influence
of alcohol, who have un-roadworthy or overloaded vehicles or who
commit any violation of traffic laws to the traffic authorities.
IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995
For media queries contact:
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675