City encourages good behaviour

2019-05-28 06:00

Cape Town mayor, Dan Plato, and Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, held a roadblock in Green Point last week to engage with motorists about road safety and the dangers of drunk and reckless driving.

During the roadblock, 216 offences were recorded of which 22 arrests were made for driving under the influence of substances and one motorist’s breathalyser test was 1.04 mg/L, almost five times the legal limit.

Between October last year and March this year, about 1 761 motorists were recorded to have been driving while intoxicated, 442 are said to have been driving reckless or negligently, and 97 368 had outstanding warrants.

Smith said the statistics proved that traffic officials were working hard to curb lawlessness on roads.

He said too many road users do not take road safety seriously.

“We have seen some success through various campaigns by the City and from the provincial government, raising awareness of the dangers of drunk-driving, speeding and pedestrian safety.

However, it is clear that we need to keep driving the message of responsibility,” he said.

To improve road safety, the City has introduced a number of initiatives and additional resources in the last 10 years.

These initiatives include the introduction of the Ghost Squad which means policing in unmarked, high-performance cars to address illegal street racing.

Recently, the City has implemented administrative changes to give additional power to the law enforcement department.

The change came after justice and correctional services minister Michael Masutha issued the new Peace Officers’ Declaration last year.

A total of 1 500 officers, which includes auxiliary or volunteer law enforcement officers, had to do the primary phase of the training by December this year.

“What this means is that law enforcement officers will now be able to enforce not just the municipal traffic bylaw, but also the provisions of the National Road Traffic Act. This will further strengthen our enforcement capabilities, although as the statistics have shown, increased enforcement is not an effective deterrent,” Smith said.

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