South Africa 24.4.2014 06:30 am

Cops to pull over million cars per month – Peters

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters.  Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Picture: Christine Vermooten

One million vehicles will be stopped and checked nationally every month for the remainder of the year in a bid to prevent road carnage.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said traffic law enforcement officers across the country would pull over a minimum of 10 000 vehicles a month.

Drivers would be screened for alcohol and vehicles checked for roadworthiness as part of Operation Tshwara-Setagwa (arrest drunkards).

“The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), in conjunction with provinces and municipalities will usher in a new national rolling enforcement plan as part of the Make Roads Safe campaign in line with the 365

days for road safety approach,” said Peters.

“To those who are still refusing to comply, your days are numbered. It is just a matter of time before we catch you and remove you from our roads, for you are a danger to yourselves and society at large,” she added.

Preliminary statistics for the Easter weekend indicated that a total of 193 people had died in 148 road crashes nationwide.

The figures showed a decline in crashes and fatalities, after 201 crashes were recorded last year which resulted in 241 fatalities.

Peters said the relative success could be attributed to the increased number of law enforcement officers and improved visibility on the roads.

“The road towards halving fatalities by 2020 to what it was in 2011 is a long one,” she said.

“The 2011 to 2020 UN decade of action for road safety global campaign has placed an obligation on all signatories to attain this target.”

 

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