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For the first time in more than a year, many South Africans will taking an Easter vacation away from their homes, travelling again on national roads, and enjoying the wonderful sights the country has to offer. Easter 2021 falls on the first weekend in April with Good Friday being observed on Friday, 2 April, Holiday with an additional public holiday on Monday, 5 April following Easter Sunday.
“The Easter long-weekend has traditionally been disastrous as far as road crashes and road fatalities is concerned. In the last decade, 2469 people have died on the country’s roads over the Easter period. To prevent this annual carnage, road users must be vigilant and focussed when on the roads,” says the AA.
The AA says it is every single road user’s responsibility to be safe on the roads during this long weekend period. It notes, “Just because you’re not driving doesn’t mean you’re not a road user. Passengers, commuters, pedestrians, cyclists, people riding motorbikes, and even people selling products on the road are all road users. Along with electronic devices, drink, drugs and distraction are all dangerous to all road users.”
Ahead of the festive period, the Association offers the following tips for road users:
In addition, the Association encourages those going on vacation to make the journey part of their trip, and to get off the main roads and to explore South Africa. It says stopping for a night each way of the journey not only breaks a long drive, but also gives everyone a chance to visit and experience some of the history and wonder of South Africa.
But, it says, wherever road users find themselves this festive season, they have to be attentive and careful.
“South Africa has an horrendous road safety record, and it doesn’t get better annually. While there are many things the government must do to improve road safety it’s also the responsibility of road users to play their role. Without a conscious effort by road users to be safe, no actions by the government will ever work,” concludes the AA.