Roadblocks along South Coast put the brake on speedsters

2011-07-22 00:00

IN THE last three weeks 200 warrants of arrest for unpaid fines were issued at road blocks held between Queensburgh and the Wild Coast.

The Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), local municipal traffic police and the police co-operated in the area — which is notorious for some of the highest recorded speeds in KZN — in an attempt to reduce traffic violations.

Colin Govender of the RTI head office in Durban said the the warrants of arrest were executed with the use of a customer-care van from the Umdoni Municipality

The van was also used as a cash hall where motorists with outstanding fines could make payment in the presence of the police and receive the necessary documentation and receipts.

The satellite-linked vehicle will be used at future roadblocks. Driver’s licences will be swiped on a card reader in the vehicle to show whether the motorist has outstanding fines or warrants of arrest.

Govender urged motorists who have outstanding fines to pay them promptly to avoid being pulled over at the side of the road.

“Drivers with outstanding fines must go to the magistrate’s court in the area of jurisdiction where they got the fine and pay them.”

Govender said the RTI is expecting to repeat the roadblocks throughout the province in the coming months.

On Tuesday the KZN Transport Department launched an integrated traffic law enforcement committee compromising the police, the KZN Department of Transport, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Home Affairs among others.

Kwanele Ncalane, spokesperson for the Transport Department, said, “We are getting very tough on traffic violations and crimes being committed on our roads.”

The integrated committee will deal with traffic violations, transporting of illegal goods and other crimes committed on the roads.

“The committee will also look at ways to deal with repeat offenders who are ignorant to the laws on our roads and who continue to violate them,” Ncalane said.

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