30 March 2018
EThekwini Mayor Embarks On Citywide Easter Road Safety Awareness Campaign
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has urged motorists to obey road rules and ensure that their vehicles are in good working condition in order to reduce road fatalities this Easter weekend.
On 29 March, Mayor Gumede led a delegation of Councillors and religious leaders to different public transport taxi ranks around the City as part of the Municipality’s Easter safety campaign.
The motorcade began at the KwaMashu Taxi Rank where Mayor Gumede interacted with taxi drivers and commuters. The delegation then went to YMCA and Cartwright Taxi Rank, Williams Road Taxi Rank and ended at the Mariannhill Toll Plaza. As the delegation visited the public transport facilities, Mayor Gumede welcomed those entering the City and assured them that Durban was ready to host them. She also wished those departing from the City a safe journey to their destinations.
The motorcade, which focused on long distance public transport facilities, aimed to encourage motorists, pedestrians and taxi drivers to prioritise road safety this Easter weekend. The objective of this campaign is to reduce the number of road accidents that have been recorded in the previous years.
As part of the campaign, Mayor Gumede also led a joint law enforcement operation to ensure that vehicles are roadworthy, not overloaded and that the driver and the vehicle have proper and necessary documentation to ferry passengers. This intervention was done under the City’s Ngizoba (I will be) Road Safe Campaign.
During the interaction, Mayor Gumede handed out pamphlets with road safety tips and promotional items with road safety messages.
“EThekwini has pulled out all the stops to ensure that everyone who will be travelling on our roads is safe. As a caring City, we want to ensure that no lives are lost on the roads during the busy Easter weekend. A life lost on our roads is one too many,” she said.
Mayor Gumede highlighted that road safety is a priority for the Municipality and it is an on-going campaign throughout the year. These special road safety operations are conducted over and above the daily law enforcement operations run by the City’s Metro Police and other law enforcement personnel.
“It does not matter if you are a driver, commuter or pedestrian. Road safety is of great importance and it is everyone’s responsibility. Road safety starts with me, it starts with you, it starts with each and every one of us,” added Mayor Gumede.
When giving road safety tips to road users, Mayor Gumede said:
• Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
• Never use your cellphone while driving.
• Ensure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure.
• Never ever drink and drive.
• Follow regulated speed limits.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Take safety breaks every two hours or 200 kilometres.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
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