Take it easy, says transport minister

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Peters said seatbelts must be used, especially for young children. Picture: Sharon Seretlo

Transport minister Dipuo Peters has urged drivers to obey the rules of the road during the festive season as a number of accidents were reported across the country.

“Respect and love other road users,” she said on Monday, “Concede the right of way where necessary, be calm, restrain your temper and avoid road rage.”

She asked motorists to ensure their vehicles were roadworthy and not overloaded.

Peters said seatbelts must be used especially for young children. Drivers should not drink, speed, illegally overtake and should keep a safe following distance.

Those travelling long distances should also ensure they rest along the way.

The Western Cape transport department released statistics on Monday that recorded one hundred road fatalities in the province since the beginning of December.

Among them were 46 pedestrians, along with 20 drivers, 26 passengers, seven motorcyclists and one cyclist. - Sapa

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