City gears up for a safe Easter weekend

THE City has expressed its concern about road safety ahead of the upcoming Easter weekend.

With the influx of local and international travellers heading to the coast for the long weekend, the City is ready to deal with the high traffic volumes expected, and urges the public to also be cautious.

A joint awareness campaign by eThekwini Transport Authority, Metro Police, RTI and SANRAL officials to educate taxi drivers and passengers about road safety at various taxi ranks around the City kick-started on Monday, 26 March.

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A week-long road safety campaign is expected to cover most taxi and bus ranks, especially the long-distance public transport ranks in eThekwini.

“The campaign will conclude with an awareness raising motorcade, led by Mayor Zandile Gumede which will run through the City centre on Thursday, 29 March encouraging the community to prioritise road safety,” explained eThekwini Municipality’s Mayoral spokesperson, Mthunzi Gumede. “The motorcade will be focused on long distance taxi ranks, starting at YMCA taxi rank at 10am on Thursday and finishing at Williams Taxi rank, opposite DUT City Campus.”

Gumede further expressed that the City urges road users to always observe road traffic rules, fasten their seat belts, not drive under the influence of alcohol, ensure that vehicles are roadworthy and exercise patience on the road.

The following tips can help reduce fatalities on the roads:

* Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
* Never use your cell phone while driving.
* Ensure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure.
* Never drink and drive.
* Follow speed limits.
* Always wear your seat belt.
* Take safety breaks every two hours or 200km.


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