NW law enforcement nets 128 road offenders

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mafikeng - The North West Department of Public Safety's "Operation Moretlwa - Die Poppe sal dans" brought 128 road offenders to book at the weekend.

The month-long operation that focuses on the R503 Mafikeng -Lichtenburg Road is intended to change driver behavior and reduce accidents.

"The zero tolerance and collaboration efforts of stakeholders involved in the operation have ensured that no accidents and incidents occur on the road since its launch last Friday.

"Speeding and the number of road users driving without licenses on the public roads are traffic violations that are of great concern to us," said North West MEC for Public Safety, Howard Yawa.

He said 57 fines were issued for speeding, 15 for driving without drivers' licenses and 14 for worn out tyres.

Nine taxis were issued with fines for being found with illegal extra seats and their seats were stripped while 15 others were fined for operating without permits.

Four other taxis were also issued with fines for operating on wrong routes.

MEC Yawa said two motorists were issued with fines for not wearing their seat belts and two other road users were fined for overtaking on a barrier line.

Two government vehicles were also impounded for suspected misuse after officials who were driving them failed to produce valid route forms. A learner driver was also arrested for driving without a supervisor.