KZN has no mercy for road hogs

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

KwaZulu-Natal traffic authorities yesterday warned that they will take a zero-tolerance approach against all traffic offenders.

The province leads the holiday road death toll in the country, with 140 deaths reported since the start of the holiday season. The region also recorded 120 road crashes.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesman Rajen Chinaboo said that since the start of the holiday season traffic officers had charged 15109 motorists: 1700 were charged last weekend alone.

He said more than 1000 drivers were arrested for driving without valid licences and more than 2 600 for speeding. Traffic officers impounded about 500 unroadworthy vehicles.

Chinaboo said: "Our officers are out in full force and we are taking a zero-tolerance approach to anybody who breaks the law.

"The province is experiencing high volumes of traffic and officers are at all strategic points along major routes, including the N3 and N11. We have set up help centres and hope motorists will use them."

He said many pedestrians were guilty of breaking the rules by walking aimlessly on freeways. This month more than 100 pedestrians have been arrested.

Last week, safety and security MEC Bheki Cele said security would be beefed-up at all tourist destinations.