“LET’S UNITE IN FIGHTING ROAD ACCIDENTS”- ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY
*Caption: Mayor EThekwini Municipality, Zandile Gumede addressing the Hill street Pinetown taxi rank on Monday.
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
The eThekwini Municipality accompanied by eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) along with Metro Police ended transport month with a road safety awareness drive at the Pinetown Hill Street taxi rank on Monday, where they interacted with taxi drivers and commuters to discuss solutions of ending road accidents crisis in Kwa-Zulu natal.
Mayor of EThekwini Municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede said that it was imperative for the municipality along with the ETA and Metro Police to continue reminding people about the importance of road safety, as the province’s road accidents statistics continues to get worse almost every year.
“Road traffic safety is very important. The current statistics of road accidents in KZN are shocking, as we have suffered more than 9000 accidents from last year August to this year’s. So, we are here today to remind people about road safety, because it’s hard reading about road accidents in newspapers (in media) every day,” said Gumede.
She added that drivers, commuters and pedestrians should unite in fighting road accidents, as they still remain a concern.
“With this awareness drive we are putting an end to those crossing the freeways, driving without seat belts, drink and driving, overloading commuters and those who are using cars that are not serviced. We also want to say to our drivers, a commuter’s life depends on you, drive responsibly. Also, commuters should speak out if they are uncomfortable with the driver’s speed,” concluded Gumede.
Host of the day, Deejay Mzokoloko from Gagasi FM added that road accidents are longer only caused by drivers, but also pedestrians’ carelessness are part of the reasons the province is experiencing high numbers in road accidents.
“Now we are living in times where not only drivers are causing accidents. High number of accidents are increased by those pedestrians that are on whatsapp, twitter and putting headphones while on roads. We need to end that, we only have one life,” said Mzokoloko.
Taxi driver, Bonginkosi Mwelase applauded the initiative.
“This is the right time for everyone who’s using roads to be reminded about road safety. I wish the Municipality could visit us regularly,” said Mwelase.