It is during the festive season when deaths in our roads become unacceptably high. Emalahlani Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Linah Malatjie, was joined by several stakeholders including various religious leaders, to speak about safety on our roads. The awareness was taken to taxi ranks and near the N4 highway.
Malatjie expressed appreciation that both the long distance and local taxi associations graciously allowed her and other stakeholders to conduct prayer sessions in the ranks. “We appreciate the support from residents, and the taxi associations. We are grateful for the opportunity to come and pray together. She particularly cautioned about a stretch of road on the N4 which is notorious for strong wind which blows unexpectedly.
“There is an area on the N4 which has strong winds, and it has claimed many lives in the past, and we need to be careful when we approach that area,” she advised.
She pleaded with drivers particularly those who operate taxis not to exceed the speed limit. She further reminded drivers to adhere to all the rules of the road, as most crashes are as a result of those who ignore road signs.
“Our drivers must please keep to the speed limit. Stop signs are there to signal that you must stop. Robots are also there to indicate when you can go or when you should stop." She commended taxi associations for doing away with overloading which also leads to road carnage. The mayor added that drivers should rest after every 200km or 2hours. And she reminded motorists not to drink and drive, and pedestrians should not drink and walk.