WAYWARD: Traffic police have warned road rule breakers will face the might of the law this festive season. Picture: Montsho Matlala
The roads and transport department yesterday expressed concern at some drivers disobeying road rules, two days after the launch of the Arrive Alive festive road safety campaign.
Spokesperson Joshua Kwapa said over 10 drivers were busted on the N1 near Polokwane and on the Matlala Road on Saturday night for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol.
“Our traffic police are working extended hours and will be watching the roads day and night through the festive season,” Kwapa said.
Meanwhile, roads and transport MEC Pitsi Moloto did not attend the Arrive Alive launch on Friday. His message was delivered by public works MEC Thabitha Mohlala.
Mohlala said the department was on the path to reduce the rate of road fatalities by 50% by 2020.
Measures that the department had already taken since Friday included deploying marked and unmarked traffic police on the roads, Mohlala said.
“Suspected drunken drivers will undergo tests at the alcohol evidence centre in Polokwane. The department will also discontinue or impound unroadworthy vehicles,” she warned.
Traffic police would focus on the following identified priority routes: N1 Modimolle to Makhado, the R521, Dendron Road, R71 Polokwane to Tzaneen, R101 Polokwane to Belabela, R36 Tzaneen to Lydenburg, R37 Polokwane to Burgersfort, as well as R579 Jane Furse to Moratiwa.
The department has also warned that roving speed checks will be conducted in strategic areas.
Last year, 75 people were killed in road crashes during the festive seasons. The figure represents a fatality reduction rate of 39 from 114 recorded road accidents fatalities in the same period in 2010.
Mohlala said most contributory factors to road accidents include speeding, reckless driving, following distance between vehicles, as well as pedestrians and animals on the roadway.