By Libuseng Nyaka
REITZ – At least 304 vehicles were screened, out of which 33 were penalized while one was discontinued during the launch of Arrive Alive campaign at intersection of R57 and R26 at Reitz on Friday.
This was announced by the Free State principal inspector Jack Radebe.
“During the road block we stopped and searched all vehicles passing R57 and R26 intersection from 10:00 to 13:00 hrs. We are here to remind our road users the importance of obeying road regulations in order to avoid road accidents. We chose this area because it is one of those with high road fatalities,” Radebe said.
He also reminded people to be responsible while travelling on the road.
“It starts with you, exercise patience and be cautious.”
The executive mayor of Thabo Mofutsanyana district municipality Conny Msibi who led the launch was joined by various law enforcers and emergency services, urged motorists to excise tolerance and patience as they will be facing different characters some of whom are under the influence of alcohol.
“The aim of our meeting here at Nketoana local municipality at this intersection of roads, is to remind motorists to be very vigilant at all times and avoid road accidents. We are saying to the them, do not just drive your vehicle, you must be on the look-out and check the vehicles in front and behind you. Sometimes you would be driving carefully, only for other drivers to be driving recklessly. Always think of your families that are waiting for you back home.”
Emergency Care technician Macdonal Mabe encouraged road users to take care of themselves, warning them against road accidents.
“Take care of yourselves; we see horrible accidents on our roads. Our work is very challenging because in the event of accidents we are the first to assist, but sometimes we are accused of stealing passengers’ belongings and those of drivers who are involved in the accidents. We come across traumatizing injuries.”