Traffic police out in force over Easter holidays

2013-03-28 00:00

HOLIDAYMAKERS flocking to KwaZulu-Natal this Easter weekend will have close to 1 000 traffic officers keeping a close eye on them.

Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said police visibility would be increased at various hotspots to catch speedsters and drunk motorists, who are the main cause of carnage on the roads.

“The MEC, Willies Mchunu, has met the leadership of the South African National Taxi Council in the province and will be meeting other relevant stakeholders in the transport sector to ensure that we all fight against road accidents during the Easter holidays,” said Ncalane.

He said statistics showed a declining trend in road accidents in the province.

“This means that we have a foundation to build on in ensuring that we continue to reduce road carnage,” said Ncalane.

He issued a “strong warning” to road users to observe traffic laws, saying the department had zero tolerance for non-compliance.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the N3 was expected to be congested, particularly with travellers to Durban.

She said the Brics summit in Durban had already compounded traffic congestion, but that police would maintain visibility for 24 hours.

“We will have roadblocks in strategic areas to ensure that those who are caught breaking the law are penalised,” she said.

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