Alcohol and unroadworthiness are headaches for the police.
RAINY weather has presented traffic authorities with a headache as hundreds of thousands of motorists embarked in their festive journeys.
But uppermost on the list of their worries is alcohol, speed and vehicle fitness. Scores of motorists have been arrested on South African roads for drunken driving and speeding since Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi launched the festive season Arrive Alive campaign in Bela-Bela in Limpopo early this month.
“Travellers are advised to plan their journeys carefully and avoid last minute rush and late night driving,” Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane said.
Zwane said statistics from the previous festive season show that road accidents increase in the evenings between 19H00 and 24H00 and in the morning between 04H00 and 08H00. Most accidents occur over the weekends.
Routes that pose the highest risks and built up areas – such as those in the suburbs, townships and settlements – have been identified for intensified policing to reduce pedestrian and driver fatalities.
“The fitness of public transport and overloading will also receive close attention to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths.
“Traffic authorities have taken these factors into consideration in their planning and will be working around the clock to ensure traffic officer visibility and enforcement of the law.
“Motorists are urged to play their part in reducing road crashes during this period by obeying the rules of the road and avoiding alcohol, speed and reckless driving,” Zwane said.
Limpopo Traffic Control Plan
The following resources will be deployed:
- 1 136 traffic officers
- 32 Road Safety Officers
- 399 marked traffic vehicles
- 29 Road Safety vehicles
- 5 motor cycles
- 10 Moving Violation Recorder vehicles
- 5 Mobile Vehicle Testing Stations
- Prolaser speed cameras
- 22-26 December: Christmas long weekend
- 30 December to 01 January: New year long weekend
- 08 January: Registration starts in most tertiary schools and industries re-opening
- 15 January: Schools open
The following are hazardous locations in the province:
- Capricorn: R71 Mentz, R37 Ga-Chuene, N1 Botlokwa,R 529 Dendron cross.
- Mopani: R576 Maswanganyi and Nhlaniki, R81 Xikukwane, R71 Makhushane, R 36 De Oaks.
- Sekhukhune: R 37 Burgersfort CBD, N11 Marble hall and Jane Furse, R555 De hoop dam
- Vhembe: R524 Dumasi, R523 Rabali, R578 Elim
- Waterberg: N1 Mookgopong, N11