Speed cops abound

2015-07-07 06:00
An additional 120 traffic officers are expected to patrol the city streets, and its motorists, in the next year.

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An additional 120 traffic officers are expected to patrol the city streets, and its motorists, in the next year. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Planned growth in the traffic department is set to reduce offences and accidents.

The City of Cape Town’s traffic service is expecting to swell its ranks by over 120 new officers in the next year.

Over 50 traffic officer positions and four supervisor positions have been approved, says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security. And there are even more in the pipeline.

The City has made provision for the staff appointments in the new budget.

A total of 60 traffic officer posts still need to be approved by the council based on a planned business model and an additional 20 traffic officers are expected to be recruited to enhance the newly established transport enforcement unit.

“The City of Cape Town’s traffic service is under-staffed. Road safety has become one of the most important focus areas due to the number of deaths and the huge financial cost of traffic accidents,” he says.

They are set to introduce a dedicated 24-hour service, Smith explains.

“The new members will add to the visibility of the service and hopefully help to reduce the number of offences and accidents on the roads. An additional benefit is the indirect policing of other crimes,” he says.

But the new traffic officers won’t be the only addition to the service.

A new system, which will use dashboard cameras, is set to be rolled out by the end of next year, Smith says.

“The cameras would enhance the enforcement of offences by recording the activities of the staff. This is something that is used in other countries and has evidential value in the courts to help with the justice pro­cess,” he says.

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