Travel Safely this Festive Season | Western Cape Government

Travel Safely this Festive Season

(Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government)

Road users must be extra vigilant this festive season to ensure that they and their families arrive safely at their destinations.

Robin Carlisle, Minister of Transport and Public Works, urges motorists to:

Not Speed

Motorists travelling on South African roads should abide by the speed limits. The general speed limits are:

  • 60 km/h for every public road or section thereof, situated within an urban area.
  • 100 km/h for every public road or section thereof, other than a freeway, situated outside an urban area.
  • 120 km/h for every freeway.

Read the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 for more information on speed limits.

Extract: National Road Traffic Regulations pertaining to speed limits.

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Not Drink and Drive

The blood/alcohol limit for motorists is 0,05 grams per 100ml of blood.

More on blood/alcohol limit.


Be Extra Mindful of Pedestrians

The motorist must slow down or stop for a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing or when the pedestrian is closely approaching from the opposite half of the roadway.

More on pedestrian safety.


Not Use Cellphones while Driving

  • Talking on cellphones is one of the most common distractions posing a risk to road safety.
  • Avoid using cell phones while driving.
  • Use hand free microphones.

More tips from Arrive Alive.


Buckle Up and Ensure that Children in the Vehicle are Buckled Up

Wearing seat belts reduces the risk of death in motor vehicle crashes by up to 45%. Seat belts prevent 99% of occupants being ejected in a crash.

More on seatbelt safety.


Safely Home Activities over the 2012/2013 Festive Season

  • The new Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) camera network enforcement system on 31.7 km of road on the Three Sisters - Beaufort West to Laingsburg "death stretch" of road, adding to the existing 71.6 km ASOD system on the Beaufort West to Aberdeen (R61) stretch.
  • A partnership with South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) "Hlokomela" project, whose goal it is to "change the face of the taxi industry", through its road safety initiative. Industry leaders will be assisting officials from the Department of Transport and Public Works at ranks and road blocks to identify unroadworthy vehicles and address drivers on safety and the need for regular rests.
  • Enforcement efforts including fatigue management and other joint operational roadblocks planned for the season.
  • Activities centred on speeding, drunk driving and pedestrians.


Cash Prizes

The Western Cape Government will be offering a cash opportunity to drivers who remain fine-free over the festive season.

Two prizes of R25 000 each will be given to drivers drawn at random, provided they are "fine-free" over the festive season.

Read more on the Western Cape Government's 2012/2013 Festive Season Road Safety Plan.

The content on this page was last updated on 7 October 2013