MEC for transport Mac Jack. Pictures: Zandisile Luphahla
The province is working hard to reduce road fatalities, improving on the current record as being the leading province in terms of safety, MEC for transport, safety and liaison Mac Jack said.
He said the road accident statistics on road fatalities has been the lowest on average compared to other provinces.
Jack said the province would not relent, instead would intensify the campaign, and would not rest until the province achieved the best results. During this current financial year, the province had 230 deaths caused by road accidents, a significant reduction to the highest statistics of 2007/2008 financial year which recorded 414 fatalities.
Jack said the most difficult and disheartening part of his portfolio had been attending memorial services and in some instance funeral services of those who had lost their lives through road carnage. “This happens while we all know that road accidents are preventable,” he said.
“Most of these road accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate due to unnecessary recklessness including driving under the influence of alcohol, exceeding the speed limit and overloading. The time has come for all of us to make road safety our business. As a province and as a country, we cannot continue to ignore road safety. It is our business, collectively,” Jack said.
He said the message of road safety would be preached until the festive season, and the law enforcement agencies would target all road users.
“We want to send a very strong message to all that lawlessness will not be tolerated.