Stepped up traffic law enforcement for Youth Day

Picture: Alaister Russell

High-impact operations have been planned that will see national, provincial, metro and municipal traffic officers working to deal with traffic violations.

Traffic authorities from all provinces and metros have agreed to step up law enforcement operations on hazardous routes and around major events to reduce road crashes and fatalities over the Youth Day long weekend and mid-year school holidays.

During a meeting of the National Road Safety steering committee in Kempton Park on Thursday, the chiefs identified dangerous routes that would require intensified policing in the coming two weeks, culminating in the Durban July weekend, said Simon Zwane, spokesperson for the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in a statement.

Zwane said statistics collected by the RTMC showed that the number of people dying on the roads in the month of June had been reduced by 11% in the past three years. The numbers came down from 1 262 in 2013 to 1 072 in 2015.

Motorists who planned to travel over the June 16 long weekend and school holiday could expect to see traffic law enforcement every 20km.

The roads identified as dangerous routes included the N3 between Gauteng and Durban, the N1 Gauteng to Polokwane and the N4 to Mpumalanga. In KwaZulu-Natal, additional focus would be on the N2 and the N11. In the Eastern Cape, focus would be on the N2 the R74 and N10. Hazardous routes in the Western Cape included the N2, N62, R360 and R27.

“Traffic chiefs are seeking to reduce fatalities further this year by focusing their operations on the days on which most collisions occur and factors that contribute to fatalities.”

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the days generally associated with a high number of collisions, including pay-day weekends and long weekends,” said Zwane. According to the RTMC, drunken driving, speed, fatigue and uncontrolled pedestrian behaviour are some of the human factors that will be addressed, as they are major contributors to collisions and fatalities.

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