WATCH | Tshwane metro police launch road safety operations ahead of Easter weekend

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  • The Tshwane Metro Police Department launched its Easter weekend road safety campaign on Thursday. 
  • Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams said there would a heavy law enforcement presence on major highways. 
  • He added drunk drivers would face the full might of the law.

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) and the City's emergency services launched their annual Easter weekend road safety operations at the N1 Carousel Toll Plaza on Thursday.

Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams said the road safety operation's purpose was to ensure that Easter travellers adhered to all the rules of the road .

"I want to implore travellers to conduct the relevant car checks and inspections before hitting the road so that you can travel without incident. Let me also be clear that we have a zero tolerance for those who drink and drive," he told News24.

Williams said drunk drivers were irresponsible and would face the full might of the law.  

Testing roadworthiness

The mayor also unveiled two mobile roadworthiness testing vehicles donated to the TMPD and the City of Tshwane by the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

The vehicles have brake testers, hydraulic plane detectors, wheel alignment indicators, head lamp aimers and emission testers.

"The unnecessary deaths of hundreds of South Africans can be prevented if vehicles are roadworthy and compliant with specifications in legislation and regulations," he said.

Keeping an eye on Covid-19

Williams added the provincial government would be paying close attention to Covid-19 infection numbers during the Easter period as many people travelled during the long weekend.

"The data available to us by both national and provincial will indicate to us where the hotspots are. The moment there are spikes, we will ensure that all national government regulations are obeyed. People are allowed to enjoy themselves while respecting the Covid-19 protocols.  

The acting chief of the TMPD, Basil Nkhwashu, echoed Williams' sentiments.

He said it would not only monitor highway, but suburban areas would also be on its radar

"The metro police will take action against anyone who breaks the rules of the road. This time now, we have a plan to make sure that people in the suburbs and townships are just as safe as the people on the main roads," Nkhwashu added.

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