KZN ups fight on speedsters

2006-12-02 07:20
Durban - Sneaky speedsters who brake for speed cameras will now be caught anyway - the provincial department of transport is installing new cameras able to log a motorist's average speed between cameras using the new Average Speed Determination (ASD) system.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) head, John Schnell emphasised that the new system was only "a trial that will run for several months".

He said the new system would be "a departure from the current fixed or officer-operated cameras which can only record a speed violation at one point".

It is likely to be rolled out along the N3 and the N2.

Snell said that although the effectiveness of the new system was still to be proven, it was expected that it would calm down traffic between two points of the cameras as opposed to only one point.

For this trial run, the licence plate recognition cameras will be placed at two spots on the N3. Snell said "this is a multiple equipment" that would be able to cover all the lanes on the N3.

Matrics rush to the coast

Schnell said it was possible that the new system, once fully developed, could be used by other law enforcement agencies. The system can also help track down stolen vehicles.

Meanwhile, emergency personnel are braced for a torrid weekend with a rush to the coast by learners who have just finished school for the year.

Of particular concern is drunken driving and the RTI's Colin Govender has warned potential offenders that the RTI would be keeping a close eye on them.

"We have to target them. We're bringing this forward from previous experiences.

"Sometimes when the adrenalin is pumping, people act irresponsibly. They know what to expect from us."

Govender said that with KwaZulu-Natal schools closing on Thursday, he expected an increase in road users and, particularly, the volume of pedestrians.

"Parties are on the go and the odd scholar will take the chance of drinking and driving," he said.

Traffic volumes increase

Paramedics are also on high alert. Neil Noble of ER24 said that two extra ambulances and two extra paramedic cars would be deployed in the Durban area.

"School is out and it is month end. People are going to be partying," he said, adding that paramedics would be expecting an increase in stabbings and assaults outside clubs as well as drunk driving incidents.

He said a watchful eye would be kept on the northern areas such as Ballito and Umhlanga, popular destinations for matriculants.

Traffic coming into the province is set to increase today as scores of holidaymakers make their way into the province.

By yesterday afternoon, there were no major increases recorded. In the morning, there were about 200 to 250 cars coming into the province.

By lunchtime, this figure had increased to 700 vehicles per hour.

The full provincial traffic law enforcement plan for the festive season will be unveiled by MEC Bheki Cele in Cato Ridge on Monday.


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