Forces join for safer festive season

2016-12-14 06:01

SAFER Festive Season operations have started in earnest in the Port Elizabeth metro.

On Friday police, traffic officials and the Department of Home Affairs worked together to ensure that motorists are complying with the rules of the road.

Road blocks were held in all policing areas in the Mount Road cluster, as well as foot patrols in the central business district and shopping malls.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu,

a total of 781 vehicles were stopped and searched on Friday. Fines to the value of R48 000 were issued. One person was arrested for drunken driving and four people were arrested on drug-related cases.

A total of 539 litres of home brewed liquor was confiscated by police in Walmer.

“Traffic on the N2 Freeway will be increasing in the next week and police are advising drivers to adhere to the road traffic regulations and to make sure that their vehicles are safe and road worthy. Police visibility and increased operations will be taking place during this festive season and beyond,” said Col Naidu.

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security, Councillor John Best, said the metro promises a crime-free Festive Season with zero tolerance of drunken driving during the holidays.

“Residents and visitors to the metro can rest assured that we will not tolerate drunken driving and lawlessness this festive season. We will, instead, make sure that law-breakers would be prosecuted,” said Best.

According to Best, the Executive Mayor Athol Trollip has asked that a joint message from the Metro, South African Police Service (SAPS) and other Safety and Security Agencies be issued with regard to the importance of the safety and security of the city and beaches, and to emphasise that lawlessness won’t be tolerated.

A Festive Season Safety and Security Plan was launched at Wells Estate last week and promised a tough stance against those motorists who would be found guilty.

“The comprehensive multidisciplinary festive season plan involves members of the SAPS, the emergency services and metro police,” said Best.

Some of the objectives to reduce crime during the festive season in Nelson Mandela Bay are to ensure high visibility patrols, deploying law enforcement to identified high-risk areas, deterring people from speeding and joint roadblocks.

“Together with SAPS and a broad cross-section of stakeholders, we must show that we are highly capable of protecting the citizens of our metro against those criminal elements bent on ‘capitalizing’ during the hustle and bustle of the festive season.

. The police have also appealed to shoppers to be extra vigilant during this period especially when standing at ATM’s. People are urged to make sure that when making a transaction, that you are not distracted by anyone or anything. Should this happen, refrain from continuing with the transaction and immediately cancel the process.

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