GEARED: Traffic cops kick off the road safety plan
Cape Town motorists have been warned to be on their best behaviour this festive season as traffic cops will be taking a no-nonsense approach to lawlessness.

Speaking during the launch of the festive season traffic operational plan for the Western Cape in Brackenfell yesterday, Traffic Chief Kenny Africa and Transport MEC, Donald Grant, unveiled fancy new vehicles, a mobile vehicle checkpoint and the Random Breath Testing (RBT) devices.

According to the most recent statistics for the period between January and November this year a total of 1230 lives have already been lost on Western Cape roads.

In the period between 1 December 2016 and 31 January 2017, a total of 248 lives were lost.

Africa says among some of the identified hotspots for crashes are the R27 West Coast; the N1, N2, N7; R60; R62; R43/R45; N12; and the R300.

“Enforcement activities will also be focussed on these locations.”

He explained that the RBT project was launched in July and since then over 20 000 motorists have been stopped and screened for alcohol.

“Hundreds of arrests have been made of motorists found to be over the limit. One of the biggest benefits of RBT has undoubtedly been the increased awareness that has come from the increased visibility of our traffic officers at various locations, conducting operations.”

He demonstrated the new mobile vehicle checkpoint to be used at roadblocks to check the roadworthiness of vehicles.

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