THE Department of Transport in Limpopo is intensifying its bid to reduce the road carnage in the province ahead of the festive season.
MEC Makoma Makhurupetje launched operation ‘Ndadzi’ which has been identified as a key driver towards the province achieving its goal. The operation started slowly but was intensified over the weekend with the numbers of vehicles stopped and arrests made having doubled.
According to statistics provided by her department, 3011 vehicles were stopped in the weekend of 10-12 November but that number number increased the past weekend with over 9578 vehicles having been stopped and checked.
Makhurupetje she was pleased with the progress of the operation.
“Our pledge is to ensure safety on the roads and we will continue to demonstrate zero tolerance to violations of rules on our roads,” Makhurupetje said.
She also sang showers of praises to the provincial traffic officers who arrested 2 motorists who tried to bribe them over the weekend, saying “Good traffic officers respect the law and the badge.”
Jane Mulaudzi, chief director for traffic and safety in Limpopo, acknowledge the operation, saying that it was indeed living up to its mission of ‘hitting harder to rid the province of the scourge’
“The operation has proved to be a success. The reason being that it is implemented during critical times when most people lose lives on our roads. We are also happy that MEC is always available to be on the road with our officers which is encouraging,” she said.
The statistics from the Medical Research Council and South African Police Service (SAPS) for 2016/17 reveals a worrying picture with 58% of road death being alcohol related and 75034 (208 per day) drivers were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol in 2016/17.