Road safety plan to curb accidents

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

As Durban prepares to host some significant sporting events, including the Twenty20 world cricket championships and the 2010 Soccer World Cup, municipal police have upped the tempo in curbing reckless driving in the city.

They have issued 24000 traffic and other fines between June and August.

The aim of the campaign, according to city officials, is to improve pedestrian safety and weed out aggressive driving.

Senior Superintendent Thozamile Tyala said the enforcement of traffic and pedestrian safety laws have proven to be effective in cracking down on reckless drivers.

"Durban Metro police will not tolerate road safety violations which contribute directly to injuries and deaths.

"We are getting tough to make eThekwini a safer place for everyone," he said.

Tyala said as part of the campaign police have paid special attention to problematic intersections and roadways, targeting drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians at crossings.

"Police and eThekwini Transport Authority are also providing pedestrian awareness information.

"To increase the safety of drivers and passengers, police are insisting on the wearing of seatbelts for adults and children," Tyala said.

"Pedestrian and traffic safety is a serious issue in eThekwini and require a comprehensive and collaborative problem approach.

"We know people continue to be seriously injured and killed in traffic incidents that clearly could be avoided.

"We all need to do our part - slow down, use our seatbelts, look out for pedestrians, cross streets cautiously, stop at red lights, always drive sober, and get child- safety seats inspected - to reduce these tragedies," said Eugene Nzama, chief of police.