City clamped down on er­rant mo­torists

Pretoria News - - METRO - STAFF RE­PORTER

THE Tsh­wane Metro Po­lice Depart­ment in­ten­si­fied its op­er­a­tions to pro­mote road safety and en­sure a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment for all res­i­dents dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

Spokesper­son Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Isaac Ma­hamba said this was done by means of a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach to en­sure a de­crease in road ac­ci­dents, fa­tal­i­ties and in­juries, as well as con­tribut­ing to a de­crease in traf­fic of­fences and crime in gen­eral.

“The fo­cus was on check­ing driver and ve­hi­cle fit­ness, speed vi­o­la­tions, over­load­ing, pedes­tri­ans on high­ways, as well as on elim­i­nat­ing crimes such as ve­hi­cle theft, hi­jack­ing and drug deal­ing. This was achieved through in­creased vis­i­bil­ity and ef­fec­tive law en­force­ment,” he said.

In De­cem­ber, 145 peo­ple were ar­rested in the cap­i­tal for var­i­ous of­fences, 83 of them for drunk driv­ing, of which 25 were in the Cen­tu­rion area. One per­son was ar­rested for speed­ing when he was caught driv­ing at 225km/h on the N4 high­way.

Ad­di­tion­ally, 23 sus­pects were ar­rested by the Drug Unit for deal­ing in and pos­sess­ing drugs.

A to­tal of 79 541 fines were is­sued for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

Ma­hamba said the depart­ment would con­tinue to pro­vide ef­fec­tive law en­force­ment through­out the year.

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