Speed cameras promised

2017-01-18 06:01
MEC for Transport, Roads and Safety, Pauline Williams, at a press briefing on road accidents during the holidays and safety monitoring on Monday (16/01).  Photo: Emile Hendricks

MEC for Transport, Roads and Safety, Pauline Williams, at a press briefing on road accidents during the holidays and safety monitoring on Monday (16/01). Photo: Emile Hendricks

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After recording the highest number of road fatalities of 2016 on the N14 route over the festive season, the Mo­thibistad road in Kuruman has become a focus area for road safety awareness programmes.

This is according to the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison.

The 2016-’17 festive season road safety statistics showed that 62 deaths were recorded in the Northern Cape alone.

Due to the high traffic flow in the area, Kuruman was the town used to launch the Road Safety Campaign in December. The campaign, however, did not deter road users as it still proved the opposite, claiming amongst others, the death of a women who was carrying her baby on her back. Both mother and child were reported to being killed in the accident after being knocked over by a an oncoming vehicle.

According to the department and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), the road blocks were just a multi-disciplinary activity and the figures could have been higher.

The MEC for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Pauline Williams, said that the police and traffic officers cannot always be in the right place at the right time.

Altogether 104 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol – 48 more than in the previous year. A total of 14 arrests were made for speeding, among which 176 km/h was the highest speed recorded.

In Upington, Kimberley and Richmond, seven drivers were arrested for having fraudulent documentation.

Williams said the number of fatalities was too high, given the fact that 54 roadblocks were held over the holidays.

She wants to aim for a 50% decrease in road fatalities.

Williams addressed the media at the departmental boardroom, where she was accompanied by Road Traffic Management System (RTMS) officials and the head of the department.

She said that a continuous road safety campaign will be conducted.

Williams further warned drivers of unroadworthy vehicles against taking chances, as they will be stopped immediately and ordered to take a walk home.

She plans to engage the judicial system for all road-related offences.

Statistics regarding the number of convictions of road offences at the department were not available.

Responses regarding the number of traffic cameras drew a blank, as Williams only elaborated on the two speed operators available. However, she promised to have two speed cameras available in the province by next year.

“No matter how many millions they cost, I will ensure that our traffic department secures a budget for it. We will have them available by this time next year,” she promised.

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