Dept of Transport vows zero tolerance as people return from festive holidays

JANUARY 3, 2015

The Department of Transport has vowed that it will maintain a zero tolerance policy on road users who fail to obey the rules of the road by speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and not wearing safety belts.

This as traffic volumes are expected to start increasing from Saturday as holiday makers’ return home from their holiday destinations. Spokesperson for the Department, Ishmael Mnisi, says there will be high visibility at all major accidents hot spots.

"As a department we are combat ready we have been on our roads since the beginning of the festive season and we are still on our roads. We are going to focus on build up areas with a number of operations that will mount because that's where people know that we are not focusing at and they then make most of the transgressions."

He adds, "As we are going to look into those major roads including our border gate we are going to focus on our townships as well because of the fatal crashes are happening in those areas. Our focus is that we are going to make sure that we decrease these fatalities."

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced on Wednesday that 1143 people have died in 924 in crashes up to December 28.