Putting brakes on offenders

2015-08-25 06:02
Warrant officer Silvino Davids and Constable Yusuf Willams checking motorists drivers licences. 

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Warrant officer Silvino Davids and Constable Yusuf Willams checking motorists drivers licences. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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During a joint operation between Wynberg Police Station and the provincial traffic department 151 motorist were stopped along Wetton Road.

The roadblock resulted in fines up to the value of R20 000 being issued.

The roadblock is part of Women’s Month and during the stops motorist were given pamphlets containing information about women and child abuse, domestic violence and drinking and driving.

Warrant officer Silvino Davids, spokesperson of Wynberg Police Station says the roadblock was huge success and could not have been done without the support of the traffic police as well as the staff and the local Wynberg Neighbourhood Watch.

“This is a team effort and everyone involved played an important role. Our job is not only to stop and check motorists licence but to ensure that we educate them about road safety while we are conducting our checks,” he says. Police issues 21 fines during the roadblock for various offences which include, unlicensed drivers, failing to display a licence disc, no public drivers permit, and unlicensed vehicles.

Police also stopped a man for driving with a learners licence and he was fined by the traffic police. “The driver received a R700 fine as he did not have someone accompanying him who has a valid drivers licence. He was also asked to pull over and call someone who has a drivers licence to come to the roadblock to pick him and the car up,” he says.

During a separate road also in celebration of Women’s Month, female police officials from the Wynberg Cluster together with its external role players undertook an integrated Crime Prevention Operation under the auspices of “Operation Basadi Ba Fiela “ which means to ‘sweep clean”. The Operation took place on Thursday 20 August in the vicinity of the M5 between 10:00 until 13:30. Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson of Wynberg Police Cluster says the main focus of the operation was to root out criminal elements in the area.

Latchman says the operation took the format of High Visibility Foot and Vehicular patrols and a road block which focussed on wanted suspects.

The operation netted the following successes which include 40 vehicle stopped and searched, 55 persons searched, 71 RTA fines issues to the value of R35 500 and 35 drunken driving screenings


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