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Martins unveils festive road safety plan

Transport Minister Ben Martins has urged motorists to obey rules of the road this festive season.

Transport Minister Ben Martins has urged motorists to obey rules of the road this festive season.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Ben Martins on Sunday said the biggest problem in reducing the road carnage in South Africa is that the country relies too heavily on law enforcement.

Martins spoke at the unveiling of the National Festive Road Safety Plan earlier.

The minister called on South Africans to help government reduce the number of deaths on the roads by observing the rules.

He said it was impossible for traffic officers to police the behaviour of motorists.

He urged motorists to strive to make road safety a daily thing.

"Road safety is not a seasonal affair. Road safety is a responsibility that we have throughout the year."

Meanwhile, Western Cape traffic authorities have caught more than 3,000 motorists speeding this weekend.

Officers held 24 roadblocks across the province in the past 24 hours.

At least 19 drunken drivers were arrested.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, "A total of 3,206 will be prosecuted because they exceeded the speed limit. The highest speed recorded was a 170km/h in a 120km/h zone just outside Brackenfell on the N1."

The Transport Department also announced its implementation of compulsory rest points for drivers in a bid to reduce accidents caused by fatigue.