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238 Traffic Officers employed to enhance safety during the Festive Season

By: Daniel Bvuma

The festive mood has already began and the hyper activities amongst South African citizens are no exception. To curb road carnage, MEC for Transport and Community Safety Namame Dikson Masemola has officially launched the Festive Season Arrive Alive Campaign which was held in Polokwane Rugby Field on Monday, 02 December 2019.

 

The purpose of the launch is to carry forward intentions set at the National Launch by Minister Fikile Mbalula, which is to ensure that law enforcement agencies in the province complement each other to combat crime, reduce road fatalities, guard against unroadworthy vehicles, road carnage caused by drunken drivers and those that do not obey road rules particularly speed limit and overload.


The N1 high way is notoriously known for fatalities, the latest being the collision reported by SABC which took place on Saturday, 31 November where 7 people lost their lives. The MEC has promised that more traffic officials will be deployed across the province focusing on the hot spots.

 

“Traffic Officers will be deployed to the roads which are found to be dangerous. Statistics have revealed that 72% of accidents are as a result of human behavior, we urge drivers to do away with reckless and drunken driving.”

 

More officials will be deployed to monitor and manage traffic at the border posts including conducting road blocks.

 

This will be made possible by 238 traffic officers that have successfully completed their training and are absorbed by the department. They were handed appointment letters to confirm employment and will hit the ground running by enhancing visibility on the roads which will reduce the number of accidents on the roads.

 

Amongst those that attended the launch was law enforcement agencies, church leaders and the community of Limpopo.