LISTEN: Centurion police warns drunken drivers

Lyttelton police will clamp down on drunken driving and substance abuse in Centurion over the festive season.

Spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said the station’s zero tolerance approach would entail weekly operations to establish a safer environment for all road users.

“It is safer to have a designated driver or to make use of a taxi service when you’ve had a few drinks and must go home,” he said.

Miller also said that with the holiday season fast approaching, criminals would be on the lookout for any easy target and opportunity.

“When going to the malls, always be aware of your surroundings. Never assume the stranger who just bumped into you by ‘mistake’ is not trying to steal your valuables.”

He warned motorists to lookout for vehicles following them from shopping malls or work.

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“If you suspect that you are being followed, rather drive around the block and then – if you can – to the nearest public place or police station.”

Miller also expressed concern about the lack of detail in some complaints.

“When you call the police on the 10111 emergency number, give as much information about your whereabouts and a detailed description of the vehicle following you.”

Miller said children should be taught to memorise emergency numbers.

“It is often our children who are at home during the holidays when suspects break into our houses.”

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“Teach them to hide or get out of the house as quickly as possible; most of the time criminals only want your property.”

Miller said petty crimes such as vehicle break-ins were often a result of individual irresponsibility.

“Always place your valuables in your boot – boot it or lose it.”

These initiatives by local police stations are part of Operation Festive, a national campaign launched by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula recently.

“The police had a huge success thus far through stop and searches, roadblocks, raiding of illegal businesses including the liquor outlets, tracing of wanted suspects and visual patrols in the shopping malls and centres,” Mbalula said at the launch.

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Jason Milford

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