Traffic authorities go all out for law enforcement

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pretoria - The National Prosecuting Authority's reinstatement of the Drager breathalysers in Gauteng will bolster law enforcement on the roads during Easter.

"We will draw blood, use video footage and also use the officer's testimony to fight the cases in court," warned Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) Acting CEO, Collins Letsoalo.

Letsoalo said a number of road safety initiatives will be rolled out and heightened during the coming long weekend.

He said that together with traffic departments from the provinces and the municipalities as well as the SAPS and the Cross Border Road Traffic Agency, RTMC will pull out all the stops to ensure safety on the roads.

"Various hazardous location roads, where high numbers of road users lose their lives around the country have been identified and they will be closely monitored by the various traffic enforcement agencies," said Letsoalo.

Among the routes to be closely monitored include the N4 in Mpumalanga, N2 in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, N1 in Limpopo, N8 in the Free State, N4 in the North West, N14 in the Northern Cape Northern Cape and N3 in KwaZulu-Natal. Moloto Road (K573) in Gauteng, R80 Mabopane Highway, R59 Vereeniging Road and N12 to and from Potchefstroom, will also be closely monitored.

"No tolerance will be shown for dangerous driving such as overtaking on barrier lines and red light infringements. Light delivery vehicles found overloaded with passengers and/or goods will be removed from the roads; this includes trailers that are overloaded and unroadworthy," Letsoalo said.