Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Police issue road safety advisory for the festive season

File photo

File photo

As the Yuletide season reaches its peak, the police are urging members of the public to be mindful of road safety practices.

Chief among these is to always have a designated driver, as the tendency during the merriment of the season is to consume alcohol.

Besides being illegal in most instances, the consumption of alcoholic drinks, even in moderation, can be extremely debilitating for drivers, and many crashes have resulted from the poor judgement and increased response times that alcohol use causes.

In addition, persons are being urged to refrain from driving when extremely tired, or have a state of mind that makes absolute focus on the task at hand impossible.

Drivers are further reminded to:

1.            Obey the speed limits

2.            Ensure all passengers are properly secured in the motor vehicle using seatbelts, car seats or booster seats.

3.            Ensure vehicles are roadworthy

A special appeal is also being made to pedestrians. They are being reminded of the following:

1.            Make sure you can be easily seen at all times, especially at night. Light-coloured clothes are recommended.

2.            Cross the road at the safest places possible; use a pedestrian crossing whenever possible.

3.            As much as possible, choose routes that are well lit by streetlights for maximum visibility.

With 23 road crashes resulting in the deaths of 25 persons since the start of December, the police are reminding persons that the data indicates that human errors were the causes of many of the fatal collisions.

As such, drivers are being reminded that it is in their best interest to obey the rules of the road and drive with due care and courtesy for other road users.

It should be remembered that the full force of the law will be applied to those who are caught breaking the law.

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