Traffic cops go all-out on roads

TRAFFIC officers have been manning roadblocks and putting up speed cameras in an effort to curb road accidents in the province

The concerted drive has resulted in at least 558 motorists being prosecuted for various traffic offences since the beginning of December.

Twelve of the 558 were arrested for speeding, 47 for drunk driving and eight for reckless driving.

Roads and transport MEC Pinkie Kekana said two motorists were arrested for false documents and five for outstanding warrants of arrest.

"Other motorists prosecuted included 159 for driver's licence offences, 179 for vehicle defects and 32 for vehicle licence offences," Kekana said.

She said a total of 42 unroadworthy taxis and 19 buses were impounded after they were found to have serious defects.

An additional 51 buses were taken off the road for various offences, including defective brakes, steerings and lights and worn-out tyres.

"We have had to take major steps because passenger fatalities are already very high," she said. "Traffic officials will continue targeted operations that will also focus on public passenger transport.

"Passenger transport includes bakkies used illegally in rural areas to ferry passengers," she said

"We have deployed 944 traffic officers for this festive season. We are not going to have mercy. Tough action will be taken against any form of lawlessness on our roads. We have to act to stop the carnage."

Since the beginning of December, 42 people (15 drivers, 21 passengers, 5 pedestrians, and 1 cyclist) have been killed on Limpopo roads.

Over the same period last year 75 people were killed in 57 fatal crashes.

"Our plan has been rolled out specifically in dangerous locations and it is beginning to bear fruits," Kekana said.

Most of the drivers arrested for drunk driving were caught between midnight and 2am, which shows a clear shift in deployment strategy.

This means that we will not be predictable and we will catch you if you are a law unto yourself," Kekana warned.