1 000 traffic cops for Easter pilgrimage
Polokwane - Over 1 000 traffic officers and 33 road safety officers will be deployed in Limpopo over Easter, provincial roads and transport MEC, Pitsi Moloto, said on Tuesday.
Speaking during the official launch of the Arrive Alive campaign held on the N1 outside Polokwane, Moloto said traffic offers would use 378 marked vehicles and 136 unmarked vehicles for their patrols.
"Roving speed checks will be undertaken at various strategic areas. Their visibility will be maximised through our partnership with the police's Operation Blue Lights On.
"The Alcohol Evidence Centre will be utilised to the fullest, on a 24-hour basis," said Moloto.
He said special operations with police would also be held at the Beit Bridge and Groblersbrug border posts.
Department head Ntau Lebele said officers working extended hours over Easter would be paid out of the R28m budgeted for overtime, to cover the whole of the current financial year.
Road authorities also warned that vehicles carrying overloaded goods or too many passengers and unroadworthy public passenger vehicles would not be allowed to continue their trips.
Roads in Limpopo experience huge traffic volumes every Easter, due to thousands of Zion Christian Church members flocking to Moria City, outside Polokwane, for their annual Easter pilgrimage.