New device to aid law enforcement
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.
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. |