Traffic police pledge high visibility over festive season in Centurion

There would be no tolerance for drinking and reckless driving over the festive season, the Lyttelton police has promised.

Spokesman Captain Dave Miller said the police would work with the traffic department and other law enforcement agencies to ensure visibility.

This comes after Minister of Transport Joseph Maswanganyi announced high visibility of uniformed traffic officials, clearly marked vehicles and mobile testing stations would be the order the day, as the transport department rolls out its festive season campaign.

Maswanganyi said hiding officers or vehicles from sight in the hope of apprehending traffic offenders was counter-productive and only antagonised the law-abiding citizens.

“The challenging situation we are faced with calls upon us to make a fundamental shift and start doing things differently this year,” said Maswanganyi.

“This radical shift will be achieved by ensuring that traffic officers come out of the bushes and crack down on drunken driving as a leading contributor to traffic violations that cause unnecessary crashes and fatalities.”

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The department said deviating from the outdated “hide and seek” method would result in more effective policing as more officers would actually be out monitoring errant behaviour.

“This means motorists can expect to see uniformed officers patrol freeways, streets and public places in clearly marked vehicles.

This is deemed as the best means available for the prevention of road traffic violations.

In a few days, many employed citizens will receive their pay bonuses and this will undoubtedly set off a chain reaction of alcohol drinking spree that will lead to the loss of life on our roads.

This includes the voluminous scheduled travel for leisure and religious pilgrimages which as well have the capacity to increase road carnages,” said Maswanganyi.

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The department anticipated that the weekend leading to 16 December and the Christmas and new year’ holidays would be particularly challenging and taxing on traffic law enforcement officers.

But said the department would be equal to the task by implementing its 24-hour shift schedule for traffic officers.

“I call on all road users to not drink and drive, text and drive, reduce speed, buckle up and beware pedestrians,” said Maswanganyi.

“If these are adhered to and implemented, they will lead to a decline in deaths and injuries on South African roads.

Let there be no tolerance for drunken driving, speeding, reckless and negligent driving and all forms of lawlessness on the roads.”

 

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Jason Milford

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