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Mpuma to get TRT-style traffic cop unit

2011-08-22 21:11

Secunda - A special unit of traffic officers similar to the police's tactical response team will be introduced in Mpumalanga.

Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe told guests at the Mpumalanga Driver of the Year Awards in Secunda on Saturday, that the team would be tasked with reducing road carnage.

"The unit will be similar to the popular tactical response team (TRT). It will be responsible for targeting the notorious killer roads and should change the killer roads into holy roads,” he said.

Shongwe said the unit would target the N12, N4, R40, N11, R23, R573.

"We mean business when we say we have had enough with road carnage in the province," he said.

Shongwe also thanked a group of women traffic officers, policewomen and women from the health department who set up a special roadblock on the N12 near Ogies last Thursday as part of Women's Month.

They issued 135 summonses.

"These women conducted a roadblock and scanned 3 085 vehicles," he said.

He said the women arrested the occupants of one vehicle that was found to be carrying drugs and illegal firearms.

The vehicle, which had a KwaZulu-Natal number plate, was also impounded.

"They also managed to recover R6 800 from motorists who had been issued with speeding tickets," said Shongwe.

Shongwe said he wanted to see more unity between the men and women in blue, including traffic officers.

Shongwe's spokesperson, Joseph Mabuza, said the special traffic cop unit would be introduced soon, but was unable to give a date as yet.

Comments
  • Vince - 2011-08-22 21:58

    Will they be driving pimped cars?

      tryanything - 2011-08-23 21:06

      The killer roads are already pot-holy..

  • Glenn - 2011-08-22 23:50

    hope they loose some weight first

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-23 01:08

    Get rid of the taxis and 99% of the problems are solved.

      Mr B - 2011-08-23 21:29

      @ Pink & Proud. The taxis are not the ony prolem. so are the attitudes of most drivers on the road today. Tailgating, speeding, pushing in small gaps,failing to stop at stop streets and red robots, turning from the right hand lane on a dual carriage way to an exit on the left and causing traffic jams, turning from a lane that is marked for going straight only, overtaking on a solid white line, overtaking on a blind rise and bends. I am sure ou are probaly guilty of more than one of the above on a daily basis pink and proud.

  • Slive - 2011-08-23 13:52

    Should they not be doing this already? Traffic enforcement?? useless twats

      tryanything - 2011-08-23 21:09

      I would have thought so too. What will the ordinary cops do now???

  • umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:14

    a new chocho squad

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