The festive season is here and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has begun a road safety campaign that will focus on reduction of fatalities amongst the youth who live in urban areas, because they are most affected by road deaths.

RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said this year’s festive season road safety campaign, has been influenced by statistics and will react to the challenges that the agency discovered in the past year.

“The greatest number of our fatalities comprises of the youth between the ages of 24 and 39,” said Msibi.

Road accidents concerning youth are caused by reckless driving, negligence and alcohol.

Msibi also said they are going to set up law enforcement officials in urban areas.

RTMC will also deploy law enforcement officers from 6pm until 6am, this is because previously research indicated that those times is when most of the road crashes happen.

Law enforcements officers will also be deployed on the main routes, which include the N1, N3 and N14.

“This year we are also going to have a mobile weigh-bridge testing station where will test the cars and disqualify them if they are not roadworthy,” Msibi said.

He also encouraged parents to use a car seat when travelling with children under the age of five.

“When you are travelling with children, you need to have a car seat for the child, this will prevent the children being flung out of the vehicle when involved in an accident.

“We are also encouraging motorists and passengers to wear their seatbelts because the statistics have shown us that most people who succumb in the event of accidents are those who are not wearing safety belts,” he said.

RTMC will also embark on a campaign to give away children’s car seats to motorists throughout the country.

Meanwhile South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) President Phillip Taaibosch said the organisation will work with government to decrease the number of road crashes.

Santaco will be launching Operation Hlokomela (which means “take care”) in December.

The campaign in partnership with the Road Accident Fund, aims to ensure that taxis are roadworthy and that drivers have all the necessary documentation required.

“It is not government’s responsibility only to ensure that there is safety on the road,” Phillip Taaibosch said.