GEORGE TRAFFIC SERVICES – EASTER HOLIDAY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Re-issued 29 March 2023 for immediate release
The Western Cape Province’s first school term comes to an end on March 31st, 2023 with a week of school holidays and an Easter long weekend and George Traffic department will be on high alert.
Many citizens take this opportunity to embark on long-distance travelling to neighbouring districts or provinces to spend time with family or friends.
Janine Wells, George Traffic Chief said, George would see an increase in traffic volumes on all major routes as travellers will visit our beautiful area. The N2 will also carry heavy volumes of traffic over this period.
“Traffic law enforcement will be on high alert and will ensure high visibility and deal appropriately with offenders. Increased activities are aimed at reducing fatalities during this Easter holiday period.
The local traffic department in conjunction with other enforcement entities, will set up vehicle checkpoints and focus on vehicles that are overloaded, driver and vehicle fitness, driving under the influence of alcohol and the wearing of safety belts by all occupants.
According to Wells, one element of this year’s campaign is the impact alcohol has on road users and its contribution to road carnages. The random screening of drivers will be conducted daily. Further focussing will be on long-distance public transport such as taxis, midi-buses, and bigger buses to ensure compliance with the various acts and the safety of commuters and other road users.
Many accidents also occur due to jaywalking and pedestrians crossing roads at unsafe locations. George Traffic Department will also focus on pedestrian safety by conducting awareness campaigns on the N2 highway and provincial roads within the George area.
Enforcement agencies will be strategically placed to monitor people who make themselves guilty of moving offences and speed enforcement will be conducted.
Members of the public are urged to join the campaign to reduce road carnage by reporting reckless and negligent drivers at the George Municipality emergency number 044 801 6300.
Wells wished all residents and visitors to our beautiful City a safe journey over the holidays and the Easter period.