Overstrand’s Mayor Rudoloph Smith is making an appeal to motorists travelling to the upcoming HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL to drive with utmost care and a sense of responsibility. “We expect all road users to play their part by practising good road safety habits at all times. Please be alert, be considerate, and be especially careful around vulnerable road users – children, older people, cyclists and motorcyclists”, he said.
Traffic law enforcement authorities from the Province, Overstrand, Cape Agulhas and Theewaterskloof as well as officials from the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) will be conducting co-ordinated operations on various routes around Hermanus and the Overberg during the festival weekend, with support from the police.
Traffic officers will be focusing on speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving (using cell phones while driving), seatbelt compliance, and driver and vehicle fitness.
Motorists should be particularly alert when travelling past Grabouw along the N2 as this region has a very high incidence of pedestrian fatalities.
In support of joint law enforcement activities, DTPW road safety officers will be at the festival conducting safety talks, responding to road safety queries, exhibiting information and distributing pamphlets. Danny Cat, the road safety mascot, is looking forward to playing with children and teaching them good safety habits. The seatbelt convincer, which simulates what happens in a crash, will show visitors the importance of wearing seatbelts at all times.