Department of Roads and Transport 21/01/2020 - 09:49
MEC for Roads Infrastructure and Public Transport Jacob Mamabolo has conveyed his deepest condolences to families of victims of the fatal accident that occurred on the N1 between Wallmansthal and Petroport outside Pretoria.
Six people lost their lives when a light motor vehicle and a truck collided head-on.
“We are deeply saddened by this accident and convey our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims. We will continue to intensify our efforts to reduce the carnage on our roads and encourage drivers to take full responsibility and control when driving” said the MEC.
He pleaded with “drivers to be alert at all times, adhere to the speed limits, exercise patience, take regular rests when driving long distances, ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and most importantly, make informed decisions that will save lives on our roads".
The MEC added that while drivers bear the greatest responsibility for decisions relating to road use, passenger activism and awareness is equally important.
"Passengers should also be road safety conscious and exercise oversight responsibility by engaging the driver on road safety issues such as encouraging drivers to take regular rests, not to overtake recklessly. It is passengers who should be vigilant and remind drivers not to text and drive and not driving under the influence of alcohol," Mamabolo pleaded.
MEC Mamabolo added that the Gauteng Provincial Government is committed to reducing road fatalities and building the province as a City Region of Smart Mobility.
"We will continue to intensify our public road safety education campaign, working with municipalities and law enforcement agencies."
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