1 200 traffic officers on 24-hour watch in Limpopo

More than 1 200 traffic officers have been dispatched to monitor traffic flow on all major roads in Limpopo this festive season.

Department of Transport, Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana announced the 24-hour festive season road safety campaign at the Mantsole Traffic Control Centre in Bela Bela on Friday.

"December is that time of the year when our people from all walks of life will be travelling to various destinations to celebrate the festivities of this month with their loved ones, after taking long and deserved breaks from work... Over one thousand two hundred traffic officials will be on all major Limpopo roads for 24 hours for the festive season. Everyone must obey all the rules of the road," said Mokaba-Phukwana.

The MEC said while festive season was a time for celebrations, many people were losing their lives on the road.

"From past experiences, we have learnt that this is also the month in which there is a high increase in the number of road carnage compared to any other period of the year. It is during periods like this when most people get so excited that they disobey the rules of the road, leading to deaths and injuries which are caused by preventable road accidents," she said.

Mokaba-Phukwana said traffic officers will be monitoring traffic flow, conducting point duty, monitoring stray animals and pedestrians.

"Traffic officials will be monitoring our roads from Maubane to Beit Bridge, particularly traffic flow on the N1. The department will also deploy traffic officials on the R71 from Polokwane via Moria entrance to Mopani, on R37 from Polokwane via Maja cross to Burgersfort, on R101, R36, R81, R521 and Gilead road via Matlala to Groblersbrug on our border with Botswana.

"We ask motorists to exercise patience, refrain from speeding, refrain from drinking and driving. We also appeal with drivers to take a rest when feeling tired, and make sure that their vehicles are roadworthy. We will also strengthen our road safety campaign. Government welcomes partnerships that will assist in encouraging good behavior on the roads and ensuring that the people of the province feel and are safe on our roads," she said. -