Out in full force: law enforcement gets tough on baddies for smooth sailing into New Year

2010-12-31 00:00

LAW enforcement agencies will be out in full force today to ensure that New Year’s celebrations continue without disruptions.

Speaking to The Witness, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police have been advised to be on the look out for scoundrels that will use today’s celebrations as an opportunity to commit all sorts of crime.

She said she could not divulge exactly where police will be stationed.

“As the Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, has emphasised, there will be zero tolerance on criminals and criminal activities,” said Jeevan.

She said there would be several roadblocks and special operations planned throughout the New Year’s weekend.

Spokesperson for the Transport Department Zinhle Mngomezulu stressed that those caught in contravention of the law will know exactly what is meant by zero tolerance.

Said Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele: “We want to remind motorists that in addition to a fine and or imprisonment, the national Road Traffic Act places a duty on courts to suspend or disqualify a driving licence for persons found guilty of drinking and driving, reckless and negligent driving and speeding.”

First time offenders could lose their licences for six months, second timers for at least five years and third time offenders for at least ten years.

“As we head towards 2011, we are intensifying our road safety strategy as part of South Africa’s Make Roads Safe campaign and the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety from 2011 to 2020. We call upon every South African to partner with government and go all out to ensure safer roads,” said Ndebele.

Local businessmen Colin Dodd of Dodd Sprinters and Paul Theron, owner of Tequila Towlines, have adopted the idea of chauffeuring Pietermaritzburg’s drunk drivers and their cars home.

Dodd started a chauffeur ser­vice called HomeSafe.

People who need access to the service simply have to call him on 083 225 6441 or e-mail their details to homesafepmb@gmail.com.

It is free to join.

They e-mail you the terms and conditions regarding how they operate and there are no monthly instalments — you only pay for the service on the day.

The areas covered by HomeSafe are Muswell Hill, Oak Park, Montrose, Chase Valley, Prestbury, Cleland, Bellevue, Lincoln Meade, Pelham and Hayfields. He said all these areas will be covered for R100 which is paid when the ser­vice is rendered. Other areas will be charged at different rates.

Paul Theron started a service called Tequila Driver on Call.

The service covers Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. At R250, the ser­vice is available for those in the townships as well as to suburbanites. He can be contacted on 074 102 8355 or e-mail tequiladriveroncall@live.co.za.

Durban Office

Weather Forecaster: Today there would be cloudy conditions in KZN with 30% chance of rain in the morning and 30% of showers and thundershowers in the afternoon.

On New Year’s Day: The Weather Forecaster said they are expecting cloudy conditions with 30% of showers on and off through out the day in KZN.

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