Municipality swoops down on road offenders

2018-01-18 06:00

MORE than 500 traffic fines were issued and a number of motorists arrested for driving under the influence of liquor this past festive season.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the Kouga Municipality planned ahead and was thus prepared for the influx of visitors and the increase in the volume of road users during the season.

“We had a zero tolerance approach towards lawlessness on the roads,” says Van Lingen.

The Traffic Department conducted daily point duties, and increased visibility was the order of the day - especially around the busy towns.

Between December 1 and 31, some 548 fines were issued for infringements ranging from jumping stop signs, driving without a licence, speeding, vehicle defects and taxis without operating licences.

Six motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in separate cases during the operations.

“It is unfortunate that we had two fatalities in separate incidents during the holiday,” says Van Lingen.

A pedestrian was hit by a car and died on the scene near Thornhill in the early hours of Christmas Eve, while a passenger was killed when a car rolled near the old Gamtoos River Bridge in the early hours of January 2.

According to Van Lingen, law enforcement officers worked hard during a busy festive season to ensure everyone adhere to the municipal by-laws. Peace officers, furthermore, assisted with patrols along the coastline and regulated car guards who contributed in mitigating car break-ins and theft.

The safety and security teams formed part of a daily Venue Operations Centre (VOC) with other stakeholders during the season.

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