On Tuesday, 20 March 2018, the newly appointed Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, officially launched the 2018 Easter Road Safety Campaign, in partnership with the Department of Health, Municipalities’ and Taxi Associations, amongst others.
The launch is aimed at increasing driver awareness and reducing road accidents during the upcoming holiday period. The Minister called on all South Africans to share in the responsibility of assuring safe roads.
“We are very concerned about the fact that one of the biggest contributors especially during Easter, are taxis. Our approach is that road safety is not only a government problem – it should be owned by the nation, by communities,” said Nzimande.
Driver fatigue is one of the key factors that contribute to accidents in the country. During the launch, health officials provided screening services to drivers, to raise awareness about the effects of lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure and sugar diabetes on driver fitness.
Additionally, the launch included activation of halfway stations, a key intervention intended to assist tired drivers to rest after driving long distances.
Furthermore, more ambulances will be deployed on the roads during the holiday period with the aim to improve the time taken to respond to serious accidents and provide timeous treatment to the critically injured. This development is envisaged to minimize the severity of injuries and prevent loss of lives during a road crash.
If you and your family are planning to enjoy the upcoming long weekends by taking a well-deserved trip, Beame wishes you a safe journey and don’t forget that Beame has your stolen vehicle recovery needs, simply sorted.