Thousands fined in safety blitz

2011-04-26 00:00

THOUSANDS of motorists had a less than happy Easter when they were fined for various traffic violations between Thursday, April 21, and Sunday, April 24.

The crackdown by the law enforcement officers was part of the Department of Transport’s national rolling enforcement plan (NREP). The plan aims to make a meaningful impact on road crashes and deaths, in line with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which will be officially launched worldwide on May 11.

In a statement, the Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, said that more than 250 arrests had been made over the Easter weekend. Offences included drinking and driving, reckless and/or negligent driving, as well as having invalid or false public transport documentation.

He added that particular attention had been given to vehicle roadworthiness, public passenger transport vehicles, people driving at speeds too high for the circumstances, driving under the influence of alcohol and moving violations.

Ndebele added: “Law enforcement officers have been instructed to make sure that those who commit any offence face the consequences of their actions.

“As part of the Arrive Alive-Make Roads Safe campaign, officers will continue to be out in full force in accordance with the NREP.”

Meanwhile, traffic volumes along the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg were lower than expected yesterday, with a peak of 1 570 vehicles being recorded going through the Mariannhill toll plaza at 10 am. KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle ­Mngomezulu put the lower levels down to more holidaymakers choosing to extend their holiday break at the coast by taking today off.

She added: “We believe traffic volumes on the 27th will be very high.”

High traffic volumes are expected during the forthcoming long weekend (April 29 to May 2).

During his visit to the Mariannhill toll plaza, outside Pinetown, yesterday afternoon, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele called on road users to obey all the rules of the road and to exercise caution and patience on the roads.

He added: “Motorists are also urged to drive with their headlights on at all times and to take regular breaks. Pedestrians must ensure that they are visible in the dark, do not drink and walk, jaywalk or walk on freeways.

“Road crashes and road deaths are preventable. Together we can put an end to the unnecessary loss of lives on our roads.”

His words came as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) released preliminary figures showing that more than 100 people were killed in road accidents between April 22 and April 24, including eight people who lost their lives on Easter Monday when the driver of a Golf collided with a bakkie, which had broken down and was being pushed by the occupants, at Rouxville in the Free State.

 

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