New de­vice to aid law en­force­ment

Cape Argus - - METRO - SISONKE MLAMLA [email protected]

LAST fes­tive sea­son, a to­tal of 262 lives were lost on Western Cape roads, which was an in­crease from the pre­vi­ous year, as both driver and pas­sen­ger fa­tal­ity num­bers went up, Trans­port and Pub­lic Works MEC Don­ald Grant said yes­ter­day.

Grant was launch­ing the In­te­grated Provin­cial Traf­fic Op­er­a­tional Plan for the 2018/2019 fes­tive sea­sonat Gene Louw Traf­fic Col­lege in Brack­en­fell. He un­veiled the lat­est law en­force­ment tech­nol­ogy and in­ter­ven­tions that will be de­ployed across the prov­ince to strengthen ef­forts to make roads safer.

Grant said 490 provin­cial traf­fic of­fi­cers and 40 trainee traf­fic of­fi­cer stu­dents re­ceived train­ing to use their new hand-held traf­fic de­vices.

The de­vice will en­able of­fi­cials to have di­rect road­side ac­cess to ver­ify the va­lid­ity of driv­ing and mo­tor ve­hi­cle li­cences, pro­fes­sional driv­ing per­mits, speed­ing of­fences at all av­er­age-speed-overdis­tance sites across the prov­ince.

Grant an­nounced that they will be boost­ing en­force­ment power over the fes­tive sea­son by de­ploy­ing an ad­di­tional two mo­bile al­co­hol ev­i­den­tial units.

“These two units will be de­ployed in the West Coast and Winelands re­gions, and will com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing two units in the Over­berg and Metro re­gion.”

Grant said re­sources would have to be ded­i­cated to­wards ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol of traf­fic vol­umes, as well as main­tain­ing the rule of law on roads.

Grant was joined by provin­cial traf­fic ser­vices chief Kenny Africa, who pro­vided an over­view of the op­er­a­tional plan, de­tail­ing in­ter­ven­tions that will be im­ple­mented in the col­lec­tive ef­forts to sig­nif­i­cantly de­crease fa­tal crashes on Western Cape roads.

Africa said provin­cial traf­fic ser­vices was ready for the fes­tive sea­son.

AYANDA NDAMANE African News Agency (ANA)

AD­VO­CATE Kyle Rei­necke at a brief­ing about new fit­ted equip­ment and a new de­vice to help traf­fic get real-time in­for­ma­tion about driv­ers ahead of the 2018/2019 fes­tive sea­son. |

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