Cops set for Xmas crackdown

2006-12-05 11:40
Pretoria - Traffic authorities intended beefing up law enforcement nationwide as the festive season drew near, said the department of transport on Thursday.

Arrive Alive campaign director Ntau Letebele said holiday traffic would lead to an increase in traffic volumes on many of the country's main routes.

These included the N1 between Gauteng and Limpopo, the N1 between Gauteng and the Western and Northern Cape, the N3 between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the N4 between Gauteng and Mpumalanga and the N6 and the N9 leading to the Eastern Cape.

He said roads were expected to be busier than normal with more than 8.2 million registered vehicles on the roads.

Call centre available

The rolling enforcement plan which was co-ordinated by the Road Traffic Management Corporation would clamp down on driver offences such as driving under the influence of alcohol, unsafe and illegal overtaking across barrier lines or in the face of oncoming traffic, not wearing seatbelts and speeding.

Letebele advised motorists to stick to tried and tested safety rules, like resting when tired and wearing seatbelts, to ensure a safe journey.

Road users could report incidents of bad or good driving to the Arrive Alive call centre on 0861 400 800.

The Arrive Alive information centre would release media updates on road accidents and road safety tips every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 14:00 and on Saturdays at 10:00.

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