Taking back the streets

2016-04-19 06:00

Maitland is on the move to make Voortrekker Road safer with a joint operation that started on Friday.

#Voortrekkertakeback, a joint operation between traffic services, Maitland police, the Maitland City Improvement District and neighbourhood watch members, saw the illegal car workshops in the vicinity of Sunny Side Terrace receive a very rude awakening.

Neighbourhood watch member Justin Kumlehn explained that this part of Maitland is notorious for having huge quantities of vehicles stored and worked on in the public roads, creating obstructions and hazardous spills. During this operation there where more than 30 vehicles that were issued with notices of which 21 of those received new homes at the traffic impound, he says.

“We also initiated a vehicle check point in partnership with law enforcement and metro police that netted fines for unlicensed vehicles and drivers, defective hooters and issued nuisance notices. “There were also seven arrests for drunk driving, three for possession of dagga and one arrest for riotous behaviour.”

He added that after the check point action they continued their safety initiatives by moving to stand outside some notorious pubs in the area. “We went to stand outside Tiffany’s and VIP, pubs that are noted for various contraventions. Everyone that took part made sure that no loitering was allowed. For the first time ever by 02:30 the area around these two pubs were completely clear and empty.”

These operations will continue to take place periodically over the next couple of months in an effort to clean up the area.

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