Big stick for offenders

ZERO TOLERANCE: MEC for transport Bheki Cele plans to clamp down on drunken driving. © Sowetan.
ZERO TOLERANCE: MEC for transport Bheki Cele plans to clamp down on drunken driving. © Sowetan.

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The KwaZulu-Natal police will be out in force and will show no mercy to reckless drivers during the festive season.

MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Bheki Cele yesterday urged law enforcement agencies in the province to "deal harshly" with traffic offenders.

Cele was speaking at the summer road safety launch at the Mooi River Plaza in KwaZulu-Natal.

The project is in partnership with the ambassadors for health and road safety.

"We want both drivers and owners of public transport vehicles, especially the bus and taxi industry, to take responsibility for the safety of their passengers," Cele said.

"You have been warned - we will show no mercy to any driver or owner who breaks the law.

"We will reinforce our 100 percent compliance policy that includes a programme to inform and educate the community about correct safety behaviour.

"We will also set up roadblocks in all corners of the province," Cele added.

The department has also launched its new initiative called Average Speed Enforcement.

The initiative uses new technology that monitors vehicles through an 8,5kilometre radius before and after driving past the device.

The registration plates and vehicle images will be recorded and transferred electronically through advanced computerised technology to the relevant camera office and will be stored in a comprehensive database.

This will then be used for comparisons against the records of stolen vehicles and outstanding traffic fines.

He said random pedestrian blitzes would be carried out at various locations on the N2 and N3.

A special bus would be used to pick up pedestrians on these routes.

"All personnel will be made available during this period to ensure support for intensified law enforcement initiatives.

"The no-leave policy will apply from December 1 to January 14 next year," said Cele.

"There are people who are full of the devil in their hearts. People who drink and drive are bloody idiots. They should know that each time they drink alcohol and drive they are one step closer to the grave."