Festive Season Road Safety Launch

Mayors and Senior Management addressing traffic officers

During the festive period the Newcastle Traffic Department will he faced with critical challenges due to the mass arrival and departure of vehicles in the town. It is the for this reason that the Traffic Department within the Newcastle Municipality hosted a Special Operations Roadblock to launch the December Road Safety Campaign on the 12th of December 2016 at the corner of Allen street and the N11.

The Department’s ultimate goal is to ensure a safe passage of all motorists, passengers and pedestrians by executing planned enforcement activities that will assist in reducing accidents and fatalities in this busy period.

Attending the launch was Newcastle Municipality Mayor; Cllr M. Nkosi, District Mayor; Dr M. Ngubane, Newcastle Deputy; Mayor D. Sibiya, Newcastle Municipality Municipal Manager; Mr Errol Mswane, Strategic Executive Director for Community Services; Mr Mandla Sithole and Road Safety expert; Mr Ayanda Msweli of Ukhozi FM.

Newcastle Mayor; Cllr M. Nkosi advised the traffic officers to refrain from taking bribes. He said taking bribes has become a norm for officers all around the country that many have decided to do it as a way of living. “When you take a bribe you are not only breaking the law but you are also breaking an oath you took when you joined the office. You are also committing murder because the same offender you allowed back on the street may just kill innocent motorists”, said Mayor Nkosi.

The Mayor further urged officers to not only be visible on the street but they should also be in action to stop offenders from doing as they please.

“People from the townships drink their alcohol with disdain because they know there are no traffic officers there, this year all that must change. Traffic officers will be deployed everywhere because the public depend on us to save their lives”, concluded Nkosi.

In addition, District Mayor; Dr M. Ngubane urged officers to work beyond the call of duty to make sure Newcastle is safe this festive season.

The entourage started by visiting the Newcastle Taxi Rank in a quest to sensitize them about the importance of road safety and to also give them a few tips on how to be more vigilant whilst driving .
Mr Msweli advised the drivers to avoid destructions on the road. “Things like changing cd’s, drinking from a cup without a straw, playing loud music, putting shoes under your driver’s seat can cause accidents because they take your eyes off the road and steal your attention, we need to avoid them”, alluded Msweli.

Newcastle Mayor sharing road safety tips with taxi drivers and passengers

District Mayor urging drivers to exercise road safety tips

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