Motorists urged to respect road laws

RTMC has urged motorists to obey all road laws to prevent further deaths.

CAPE TOWN - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has called on motorists to take road safety seriously.

Over 650 people have been killed on the country's roads since 1 December.

RTMC's acting CEO Gilberto Martins told Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk that motorists were ignoring road signs.

"Sadly, last week we had 654 deaths. Most of them were due to dangerous overtaking, speeding and drinking and driving."

Martins urged motorists to take prevention measures to avoid head on collisions.

"If someone is overtaking, you can avoid that vehicle. Avoid it at all costs. Move over, slow down, do whatever you can to avoid that collision."

He added that road safety is everyone's responsibility.

"We don't have enough traffic officers to locate them every three kilometres. So what we do find is that drivers tend to do what they think they can do until they get caught. The minute they see a traffic officer they obey the rules."

He says the latest figures will be released at 2pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Afrikaans musician Steve Hofmeyr and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema were both arrested for speeding on Friday night in separate incidents.

Hofmeyr is expected in court today while Malema will return to court in January.

They are both out on bail.