All hands on deck

2016-03-29 11:44
Transport MEC Willies Mchunu (centre), KZN Transport Head Sbu Gumbi, Transport DDG Chris Hlabisa and traffic officials conduct inspections on vehicles at the Marriannhill tollgate during a roadblock yesterday, as visitors were leaving the province on the N3 corridor.

Transport MEC Willies Mchunu (centre), KZN Transport Head Sbu Gumbi, Transport DDG Chris Hlabisa and traffic officials conduct inspections on vehicles at the Marriannhill tollgate during a roadblock yesterday, as visitors were leaving the province on the N3 corridor. (Sibusiso Zungu)

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Pietermaritzburg - More than 2 000 vehicles left the province per hour on Monday through busy toll gates, including the ­Mariannhill Toll plaza on the N3.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu placed all traffic law enforcement agencies on high alert as traffic volumes increased.

Mchunu, together with department head Sibusiso Gumbi, were on the ground yesterday taking part in a multi-disciplinary road block at Mariannhill plaza.

Early indications are that crashes and fatalities have been reduced. However, final figures will be released nationally in the course of the week.

Mchunu expressed disgust at the fact that more than 230 motorists we arrested for drinking and driving.

“The fact that so many people were arrested for drinking and driving indicates how people deliberately violate the law.

“Such behaviour is not only a criminal act but also dangerous to other road users,” said the MEC.

“We are all putting our hands on the deck to ensure that we sustain the downward trend in road crashes and fatalities. Overnight operations will continue until we are satisfied that traffic volumes have normalised,” said Mchunu.

So far more than 86 000 vehicles have been stopped in the province and more than 18 000 motorists were charged for various defects.

More than 1 589 drivers were arrested for driving without legal documents and more than 182 public transport vehicles were impounded for offences such as driving without permits and issues around roadworthiness.

“Our multi-disciplinary approach of mounting joint operations — involving the Road Traffic Inspectorate, South African Police Service, National Traffic Police and Municipal Traffic Officers — is yielding positive results,” said Mchunu.

Mchunu said that irresponsible behaviour on the road included people who remove or tamper with number plates to avoid speed cameras.

He urged all motorists to drive cautiously, as well as pedestrians and cyclists to obey road rules.

He thanked all those who displayed respect for the rule of law, saying their action has contributed in saving lives of innocent people.

— Witness Reporter.

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