Officers to keep traffic flowing

2010-12-20 00:00

THE Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) has put measures in place to ensure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible over the festive season, according to the senior manager for mayoralty and communications at the HCM, Simon Soboyisa.

Traffic officers have been a common feature at busy intersections all along Marine Drive, stepping in and controlling traffic flow when required.

Intersections in Port Shepstone, Shelly Beach, St Michaels on Sea and Margate have been continuously monitored by traffic officials during busy periods.

The idea, according to Soboyisa, is for the officers to monitor the traffic flow and let it take its natural course through the use of road signs and robots, only stepping in to marshalling traffic if congestion reaches a problematic stage.

“This all forms part of an in-depth presentation from the HCM that provided foolproof plans and strategies to combat the problem of traffic flow over this period,” said Soboyisa.

“Officers have been deployed to the hotspot areas and they are doing what they can to allow a free flow of traffic.”

Soboyisa said that this would be the trend throughout the festive season.

He added that one of the key responsibilities of the officials would be to ensure that heavy duty vehicles make use of the highway and do not use Marine Drive.

Soboyisa added that members of the traffic department would not be able to go on leave over the festive period.

“This is a very busy and important time and they [the officers] will not be allowed to go on leave until the festive season has passed,” explained Soboyisa.

Routine road blocks will also form a significant part of traffic control on the Hibiscus Coast in the weeks to come, especially to check drinking.

“There will be many road blocks set up where breathalysers are used to test for alcohol consumption,” Soboyisa said.

“Obviously at this stage we cannot disclose any further information regarding the roadblocks as we cannot reveal their locations.”

Soboyisa urged members of the public to exercise responsibility and caution when using the roads.

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