Be the change on Western Cape roads
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) encourages road users to #BeTheChange that they want to see on Western Cape roads. We want all road users to take personal responsibility for their behaviour on the roads so that our roads are safer for everyone.
“All road users are responsible for their own safety and the safety of every other road user,” said Acting DTPW Director of Traffic Law Enforcement Vigie Chetty. “They can do this by not drinking and driving, by buckling up in the front and back at all times, by not using a cell phone while driving, by driving and walking carefully and considerately, and by always remaining within the speed limit,” she added.
The good news is that we can all set an example of safe pedestrian, passenger and driver behaviour. Many road users, especially children, learn from the examples they see. If you practice unsafe pedestrian behaviour like jaywalking or walking on freeways, people will see you and may follow your example. Keep yourself safe. Model good road safety behaviour. This could encourage others to learn good road safety habits. Encourage the people you know to also be responsible road users.
If you are a motorist, consider how your actions could save a life. Choose to slow down, especially at night around pedestrian hotspots, so that you have more time to react if a pedestrian unexpectedly crosses the road. Before your vehicle starts moving, make sure that everyone is wearing a seat belt, and that young children are kept safe in an appropriate child restraint. It only takes a second to buckle up and save a life.