Teta launches road safety awareness campaign

The Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta) has launched its holiday road safety campaign, Phepha #SeeTomorrow.

Phepha is a Zulu word meaning “know” and the campaign targets both motorists and pedestrians.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage South Africans to use caution on the roads, especially during the holiday season when there is a lot of travel in and out of Gauteng.

Teta believes that by encouraging road users to make small changes to their daily habits on the road, progress can be made in reducing road carnage.

This includes having a sober buddy to take you home after a night of avoiding the habit of texting and driving or walking.

These messages are intended to ensure that everyone can enjoy the holiday season and travel safely to and from their various destinations.

“The roads of Gauteng are always very busy, especially during major holidays like Easter and Christmas. That is why we are committed to promoting road safety through the Phepha campaign and other similar projects throughout the year, ”said Teta CEO Maphefo Anno-Frempong.

In December, January and February 2022, the campaign will be activated in various parts of Gauteng, where Phepha teams will spread their outreach message to people in malls, taxi ranks and other similar places.

The campaign message focuses on four key periods of peak road use: long-distance travel for the end-of-year holidays, using local roads during festive celebrations, returning home after the holiday season and commuting during back-to-school and back-to-work in the new year.

“We want to encourage our fellow South Africans to be responsible on the roads. We are not discouraging people from enjoying the holiday season. Rather, we want to encourage them to change their behavior on the roads, so that they can get to their destination safely.

“Simple changes like pedestrians wearing light-colored clothing at night, drinking water regularly, or remembering to stop every two hours on a long-distance trip can save lives,” Anno- said. Frempong.

Lerato Monyane, Ekurhuleni EMPD media liaison, said some of the simple things to check are that a vehicle is roadworthy and check the light of high beam, low beam, low beam steering, reversing lights, brake lights, horn / sound device are all in good working order.

“Open the hood to check for oil leaks, if the vehicle’s tires are still in good condition and if there is a spare tire, as well as the jack and a wrench. Don’t forget the warning triangle.

“Check that the windshield has no cracks that could obstruct the driver’s view while driving, that the mirrors are all intact and that the wipers are in good working order. The shuttlecock must not have extreme free play. Make sure the clutch, brakes, and throttle are in good working order.

“Check if the disc and your driver’s license are still valid,” Monyane said.

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