PRETORIA, The South African Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has issued a stern warning to party-goers that if they are caught drinking and driving they will be arrested, noting that many accidents on the country's roads during the festive season are the result of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol.
RTMC Spokesman Simon Zwane said in a Christmas Eve message that the law enforcers would be out in numbers on the roads. We will be out ensuring that there is safety everywhere," he said.
"We are aware of many end of the year festive parties that are taking place. Concerts and parties in the parks and that people are preparing to go to the beachfront particularly around Dec 26. Even those going to the beachfront they must designate a sober driver to drive them and let's make this festive season one to remember.
The RTMC says it is also concerned about the high number of pedestrian deaths since the start of the festive season. Many of the country's roads have seen huge volumes of traffic this past weekend as holiday-makers make their way to their various destinations around country.
Statistic's have not been released but Zwane said many pedestrians have been knocked down by vehicles since the beginning of December.
We are concerned about the high number of pedestrian fatalities and our advice to pedestrians is to please avoid busy roads after drinking alcohol. A high number of people knocked by vehicles are found to have been drinking alcohol. We also advise motorists to be careful when driving around in residential areas that there are many people walking and we must be on the lookout to avoid these unnecessary accidents.
In Western Cape Province, the traffic authorities said the death toll on roads had exceeded the 100 mark from the beginning of this month to date. They urged motorists to adhere to the rules of the road.
Meanwhile, traffic volumes have settled somewhat with a number of cars, buses and taxis still arriving or leaving the Western Cape. Last weekend, 24,000 vehicles were recorded passing the Huguenot Tunnel leaving Cape Town with 14,000 vehicles entering.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK