Transport embarks on road safety campaign

Over 750 deaths have been reported on South African roads since the beginning December.

A road accident on the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort West claimed four lives on 16 December 2012. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Transport is on Sunday set to interact with motorists, passengers and pedestrians to emphasise road safety awareness, reminding road users to be more cautious this festive season.

The department's deputy minister Sindisiwe Chikunga and other senior officials will be conducting stops and speaking to festive travellers who will be on the roads for long hours and driving for long distances in the Eastern Cape.

Over 750 deaths have been reported on South African roads since the beginning of December.

The department’s Sam Monareng said they were concerned by the number of fatalities on the roads and that all road users need to take responsibility.

“The message, in brief, is to please stay safe on the roads, this season.

“Take responsibility and if you think a driver is tired or fatigued, as a passenger, request them to stop and take a rest so that they can get up their energy and they are rejuvenated.”