As the festive season is officially in full swing, South Africans are encouraged not drink and drive.
Calls are already flooding in to MyPE via Social Media of what number to dial when people are seen drinking on the beach – 0800 20 5050 – BUT please be aware that the ‘no drinking on the beach’ is part of a wider South African Law which outlaws drinking in public. See: Drinking on the Beach – What the Law Says.
“If a person is intoxicated, he or she must not get behind the wheel but should make alternative arrangements for transport,” Acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Director General Donald Liphoko said on Thursday.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, road accidents are costing the country’s economy R142.95 billion.
“In the euphoria that is usually experienced during this season, we must remain cognisant of the economic impact of road carnage and not allow this to circumvent our common vision and objectives, as spelled out by the National Development Plan to eradicate unemployment, poverty and inequality,” Liphoko said.
He encouraged all citizens to take the necessary precautions to have a safe holiday experience.
Road users are urged to exercise caution, ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and obey speed limits and other rules of the road.
Government has appealed to parents and guardians to ensure the safety of their children and be aware of their movements.
“We remind all parents and guardians that as we experience hot weather patterns, children should not be left in a hot car, as this can have a devastating impact leading to seizures, brain damage, liver or kidney failure and even death.
“The festive season has in the past been marred by an increase in incidents of misconduct, domestic violence and child neglect, which are often caused by alcohol and substance abuse,” Liphoko said.
Law enforcement agencies will be hard at work across the country. Liphoko called on society to work with officials and report any incident of criminality.
“Personal safety is a human right, so let’s play our part and abide by the law. Government wishes all South Africans and visitors a relaxing and safer festive season and encourages them to use this time to kick start a healthier lifestyle,” Liphoko said. – SAnews.gov.za
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