Driver Fatigue and Road Offences have a High Price
The Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Adv. Lennit Max, today cautioned against driver fatigue following an accident this morning on the N2 near Albertina in which three passengers in a Opel Corsa vehicle died when they were involved in a head on collision with a Mercedes Benz.
According to eye witnesses the Corsa, en route to Mossel Bay, "inexplicably drifted in the lane of the oncoming Mercede Benz".
In a second accident at 15:30 this afternoon on the N2 at the Gouritz River near Mossel Bay, one person died when two vehicles were involved in an accident.
Max said that drivers, taking on longer road trips, need to be aware that they have to be well rested and regularly make stops to take a short rest.
He added that well rested drivers, coupled with a roadworthy vehicle and a sincere commitment to obey the rules of the road, are good assets as well as a sound attitude to safer and enjoyable road trips.
Max expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased.
He cautioned all road users to adhere to the rules of the road and to be responsible drivers as road offences have a high price for both offenders and victims.
He reiterated that law enforcement is committed to continue to clamp down on road offenders and successfully execute the Provincial Traffic's Integrated Summer Traffic Operational Programme to keep the roads safer over the festive season.
These operations are part of the joint campaign (Safely Home) of the Department of Community Safety and Transport and Public Works.
For operational traffic information please contact:
Cell: 082 820 0621
Tel: 021 483 6546
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Ministry of Community Safety
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