All vehicles to be checked over festive season

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Traffic police inspect vehicles during a roadblock at Mooi Plaza last Wednesday.

PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Traffic police inspect vehicles during a roadblock at Mooi Plaza last Wednesday.

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THE “mother-of-all-roadblocks” at the Mooi Plaza on Wednesday saw more than 1 000 vehicles scanned as part of an action plan ahead of the festive season.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial ­government on Wednesday unveiled a ­comprehensive plan with safety and security measures aimed at curbing crime, road accidents and fatalities.

The plan will focus on increased visibility of law enforcement agencies through road blocks, raids across the province for illegal substances and the detection and recovery of illegal firearms.

More than 20 000 law enforcement personnel, including the South African Police Service, eThekwini Metro Police, Road Traffic Inspectorate, Emergency Medical Services, South African National Defence Force, Home Affairs, crime prevention volunteers, customs officials, cross border officers and special operations members, will be deployed during December and January. These agencies will be focusing on a number of crimes, including armed robberies, with special focus on businesses, pension pay-out points and shopping centres. Additionally, the teams will focus on second-hand goods, safety at sports and recreational events, liquor outlets, illegal liquor outlets and special events such as beach festivals, street parties and music festivals.

Priority will also be given to road safety, including arresting drunk drivers and traffic related offences. Wednesday’s roadblock, which screened motorists for licences, vehicle roadworthiness and outstanding fines, had stopped more than 500 vehicles and recorded 1 000 more.

“With this beefed up personnel, we can assure citizens and visitors of KZN that we stand ready to prevent road crashes and fatalities as well as root out crime and lawlessness from our communities,” said MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu.

“As citizens of this province, it’s in our best interest to turn the tide on crime, road crashes and fatalities and disease, all which paint KZN as a leader in social ills”.

After the roadblock, officials attended the launch of the start of construction on the Sandspruit River Bridge in Woodford, Bergville. The pedestrian bridge will cost about R9,1 million to complete.

Motorists are advised to be prepared for peak periods. Because the higher traffic volumes ­during the December holiday season exposes drivers to greater risks on the roads, the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) and its partners are taking every precaution to make the route as safe as possible.

“Motorists should ensure they have essential provisions, such as chronic medication, baby necessities, food and water, to cope with the eventuality of protracted delays,” said N3TC’s Andy Visser.

“Motorists should also allow extra travel time at peak times and keep in mind that weather conditions can change quickly, causing roads to be wet and visibility poor. Always check the weather forecast before your departure for the entire route”.

N3TC expects the following peak periods this festive season:

•Southbound – Thursday, December 17 between 6am and 3pm.

•Southbound – Friday, December 18 between 6am and 3pm.

•Southbound – Thursday, December 24 between 10am and 8pm.

•North and Southbound – Sunday to Thursday, December 27-31.

•Northbound – Saturday and Sunday, January 2 and 3.

•Northbound – Friday to Sunday, January 7-9.

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