Cruising with J9: Where were the roadblocks?

2011-02-24 10:31

Before I drove down to Cape Town for my December holiday I was rather paranoid with all the news about super roadblocks and random spot checks.

I made sure any outstanding fines were paid up and that there was no warrant for my arrest.

Even on the journey down, I was excited about the campaigns that were set up at major petrol stations along the N1 highway, but I guess they were only for a few days and those traffic officials also had some Christmas shopping to do.

Twitter and Facebook buzzed with friends sending out warnings about hotspots in their area.

For the two weeks I was there, I didn’t spot one notorious ghost squad car or any roadblocks.

Trying to see all my friends and family in the short period was nearly impossible.

Many nights when driving home we’d pass through some illegal racing spots at all hours of the morning.

Again I asked where the cops were – especially during this time of the year when people are most likely to drive drunk.

The aim of extra law officials on the roads was to minimise the radical death toll South Africa sees every period between December and January.

By January 5 this year, the Department of Transport released an initial death toll 1 551 people killed in road accidents since December 1 last year.

That total was only 31 fewer than the year before.

It comes down to something much simpler than visible law enforcements.

Our boys (and girls) in blue need to show they care more about motorists and the safety of this country.

We need visible policing, not automatic speed traps or manual ones hidden behind bushes.

Only then will motorists be sure to slow down.

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