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Tshwane urges motorists to drive safely

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says all motorists need to observe the rules of the roads.

FILE: Traffic jam on the N1 South on 24 August 2012. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN.

TSHWANE - Tshwane metro police today appealed to motorists to obey the traffic rules and ensure the safety of themselves and other road users this Easter holiday.

Thousands of holiday-makers have already started their trek to destinations on the coast and in the north of the country.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said road safety should not be left entirely up to law enforcement officials because it is the responsibility of every motorist.

"The success of this programme is predicated on the ability of people to observe the rules of the road."

Ramokgopa used the occasion to announce the city will recruit 1,000 more metro police officers in the next year.

"We have set aside R48million for that process and another R42million to buy vehicles."

With just a week to go to the Easter holiday, the metro police, provincial and national traffic officers as well as the South African Police Service said they will focus on the major public transport corridors.