High alert on SA roads during December

2014-12-12 00:00

PARAMEDICS and traffic police are on high alert ahead of the festive season surge of holiday makers heading to the KwaZulu-Natal’s beaches.

They have identified Van Reenen’s Pass as a potential hot spot for road accidents.

N3 Toll Concession spokesperson Con Roux said paramedics and traffic police would be deployed strategically to make sure road users stayed within the bounds of the law.

“We expect traffic volumes to pick up this weekend,” he said.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said that key ­areas on the national route had been flagged as high accident zones.

“We have got our plans in place for the high volumes of traffic expected, and we will be working closely with local authorities and the paramedics,” she said.

Mngomezulu said that officers would be keeping a close eye on traffic on Van Reenen’s Pass.

“Holiday makers must be cautious and responsible,” Mngomezulu said.

Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Thato Mosena said that last year 1 184 people had died nationwide in road accidents in the month of December.

“KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of car accidents with 205 out of 987.

“This year, we are prepared and we expect major traffic on routes like the N3 in the direction of the coast.

“We want to protect road users and urge them to be cautious on our roads,” Mosena said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that police will be conducting multidisciplinary roadblocks throughout the festive season on major routes.

“We will be targeting drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, as well as people that might be transporting illegal firearms, drugs and stolen goods.

“We will have officials with us that will be looking at the roadworthiness of ­vehicles, as well as wanted criminals that might be travelling on our roads.”

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said that EMRS paramedics would be out in full force.

“We are prepared for any carnage or disaster. The two helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft are permanently on standby.

“All our healthcare institutions are also ready with qualified personnel and ­equipment to deal with all trauma cases,” Dhlomo said.

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