Cops warn of Easter roadblocks

2012-04-04 22:23

Johannesburg - Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said on Wednesday that roadblocks would be set up as traffic volumes were expected to peak over the Easter weekend.

"Factors which usually contribute to accidents include speeding, alcohol, tyre failure and bad driver behaviour."

Human error contributed to 84% of accidents, Minnaar said.

Metro police would check for vehicle and driver fitness, alcohol levels of drivers and speeding.

  • Phillip van Niekerk - 2012-04-05 00:06

    Another way they can get the Public to use more fuel, so that they can make more cash! Nothing like a lekka 10 minute idle.

      gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-06 12:16

      When are the People going to copblocks? Where is your matriculation certificate? Sit here and prove that you can read and write? Read this text and answer the comprehension questions? Answer the following questions of general law in SA? Answer the following questions of police proceedure in SA? That is the truck for alchool testing. That is the charge office for incompetent and wronfully employed. Yes, there is a time limit, start now!

  • Raj - 2012-04-05 00:13

    Well done Wayne Minaar, Law abing citizens will welcome such a decision. Anything to bring down the road carnage. However if it rises from last years results, despite the recent ridiculous petrol price hike then one would think that there were more corrupt officers than the ones doing their jobs properly. What about those incompetent drivers that paid a price to have their drivers license approved don't they contribute to road accidents? Just something to think about when the percentage stands at 84%. I thought TAXI's were supposed to travel at a Maximum speed of 100 km/h......

  • Koos - 2012-04-05 03:24

    Bribes galore! Any bets on the deathtoll being higher this year?

  • michael.ferraris - 2012-04-05 05:42

    Why are you warning them! Catch the bliksems!

  • Abdul - 2012-04-05 06:03

    ALL drivers look at the website fatalmoves dot com BEFORE you start your journey

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-05 06:10

    Good idea. This can help, but pls : 1. Don't hold up traffic for ages while doing this - random checks are more effective than stopping every car. 2. Use the speed trap people to man the road blocks - there're enough fixed cameras in place, so we don't need them and it'll be good to seem them doing real work rather than sitting under a tree and waiting for the next bribe. 3. Maximise the use of this initiative. Confiscate or fine un-roadworthy vehicles (no lights, no brakes etc). And do not give preferrential treatment to taxi's. 4. Have a post project evaluation with reasonable people who will not have their back pockets affected by the result of said evaluation. IOW: if we can finally get to the conclusion that it makes more sense to get only roadworthy cars and sober drivers on the road than \revenue collectors\ for cars going over the speed limit, so be it. (I'm not a speedster BTW).The amazing thing for me is that I've been to Dozens of countries where it's obvious that the driving is worse than SA, but they have a lower number of serious accidents. I wonder why and the only conclusion I get to is that our law enforcement is not focusing on the right areas.

      Daryn - 2012-04-05 15:54

      I am noticing just the opposite these days Re Taxis. I have been through many random pullovers lately and the ONLY vehicles being pulled over are Taxis. Not that I can guarantee anything is happening, but they are at least focusing on them.

  • malusi.mtetwa - 2012-04-05 08:14

    On the 31 of March between 3am and 6pm I drove from Port Elizabeth to Durban, came across 3 accidents, inwhich one of them was serious had more then 3 critical patients.\r\n\r\nI did not come across any road block or any traffic police/ metro police vehicle that was assisting/monitoring motorist on the road, not to even mention their presence in any of these accidents mentioned above. There were multiple stops and go, others kept me waiting for more then an hour.\r\n\r\nAs soon at I drove pass Durban to Richards Bay, there multiple traffic police present on the road. Note, this was at night, and to top it up there were no accidents or stop and go.

  • Flynn - 2012-04-05 08:32

    Laws are mean't for people to obey - if you do the crime, you must do the time. Yes some police officials are corrupt but if you follow the law, you don't need to panic or worry about being caught. Have a safe journey through this Easter period

  • Nare - 2012-04-05 08:59

    U can have ur roadblock, we'll all be in Limpopo

  • Niel.Kal - 2012-04-05 11:36

    Down here in the Cape, it’s a free for all. The cops are sooooooo lazy, they just stand around and do nothing. There’s never a cop to help the traffic to flow, yet, there always seems to be plenty of them to sit at the cameras, that don’t make the roads any safer, they just collect fines. The traffic force in Cape Town really suck. They drive around in cars, sit in the shade under trees, and just enjoy life ,dis lekker by die see... They should all be on motorbikes, saving petrol, helping at busy intersections, and catching drunk drivers, there are PLENTY dronk Capeys in Cape Town, that’s fore sure.!!!!. Why have a roadblock at 8-30am..? That’s just stupid...but its lekker easy.. I know for sure that this weekend, nothing will change. The cops will just be as they always are...INVISIBLE....sitting at their traps, parking off at the beach, and the death toll will just go up and up and up... banana anybody...???

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-05 12:15

    Once a year our traffic law enforcement work ... oh wait, sorry, twice a year, they do Christmas period as well.

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