Law enforcement stepped up for long weekend

Pretoria – Motorists who plan to travel for the June 16 long weekend and school holidays can expect to see traffic law enforcement every 20 kilometres during their journey.

The Limpopo MEC for Transport, Safety, Security and Liaison, Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, traffic chiefs from all districts and municipalities have agreed to step up law enforcement operation on hazardous routes and around major events to reduce road crashes and fatalities over the Youth Day long weekend and mid-year school holidays.

“High impact operations have been planned, which will see national, provincial and municipal traffic officers working jointly with the South African Police Service to proactively deal with traffic violations and reduce collisions,” the Limpopo Department of Transport said on Monday.

The following roads have been identified as hazardous routes that will be intensely patrolled: the N1-South Gauteng to Polokwane; N1-North Polokwane to Musina; R37 from Burgersford to Polokwane; N11 from Marbehall to Groblersberg; R81 Polokwane to Giyane; R521 Polokwane to Dendron.

“Statistics collected by the Road Traffic Management Corporation indicate that the number of people dying on the roads in the month of June have been reduced by 11% in the past three years.

“The numbers have come down from 1 262 in 2013 to 1 072 in 2015,” the department said.

Traffic chiefs want to reduce fatalities further this year by focusing their operations on the days on which most collisions occur and factors that contribute to fatalities.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the days generally associated with a high number of collisions, including payday weekends and long weekends.

Drunk driving, speed, fatigue and uncontrolled pedestrian behaviour are some of the human factors that will be addressed, as they contribute majorly to collisions and fatalities.

Motorists are warned that major construction on some sections of the main national roads is underway to improve the quality of the roads.

For incident reports, please contact the department’s transport control room on 0800 00 66 94 and 015 295 1022.

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