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Please drive safely this Easter weekend, motorists urged

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Road users were urged to please drive safely and adhere to all traffic rules and regulations this Easter weekend.

“Motorists are reminded that safe roads will be achieved through a collective effort to eliminate road fatalities,” said William Maphutha, spokesperson for the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

The aim of the fund was to promote safe and considerate use of the roads, particularly during peak season.

“Knowledge of road safety enables us to identify road safety challenges and behave more responsibly,” said Maphutha.

“Not complying with all road regulations threatens the lives of all road users and livelihoods of many people in South Africa.”

He added that since January, the RAF has hosted and/or participated in over 30 road safety activities across the country to develop road safety skills, change attitudes and create awareness about the responsibility of each road user.

The educational programmes and activities initiated by the fund are targeted at pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of all ages.

Maphutha explained that these activities formed part of the RAF’s efforts to educate motorists about road safety while showcasing the RAF’s transformation.

Some of the initiatives included:

– defensive driving workshops for truck, bus and taxi drivers;

– low-cost infrastructure projects to curb speeding in areas close to schools;

– tyre safety awareness workshops, fatigue management campaigns for truck drivers; and

– the promotion of care-seat usage when travelling with children aged between 0 and 12.

“We have partnered with several organisations such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation, the Department of Education, law enforcement agencies, and the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference.

“We appeal to road users to always remember to behave in a manner that supports the change you wish to see,” concluded Maphutha.

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