South Africa: Safer Festive Season Operations – Mount Road Cluster

Safer Festive Season operations have started in earnest in the Port Elizabeth metro and yesterday (9/12), police, traffic officials and department of Home Affairs worked together to ensure that motorists travelling on our roads are complying with the rules of the road. Road blocks were held in all policing areas in the Mount Road cluster as well as foot patrols in the central business district and shopping malls.

A total of 781 vehicles were stopped and searched. Fines to the value of R48 000 were issued. One person was arrested for drunken driving and four people were arrested on drug related cases. Home brewed liquor (539 litres) was confiscated by police in Walmer. Traffic on the N2 Freeway will be increasing in the next week and police are advising drivers to adhere to the road traffic regulations and to make sure that their vehicles are safe and road worthy. Police visibility and increased operations will be taking place during this festive season and beyond.

Once again, an appeal is made to shoppers to be extra vigilant during this period especially when standing at ATM's. During this time of the year, banking halls will be buzzing with people wanting to withdraw money. People are urged to make sure that when making a transaction, that you are not distracted by anyone or anything. Should this happen, refrain from continuing with the transaction and immediately cancel the process. NEVER allow anyone to assist you at the ATM. Cases are opened daily by victims who were conned at ATM's.

The South African Police Service is committed in ensuring that all people within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan ARE and FEEL safe during this festive season. However, this can only be achieved if individuals and communities cooperate with the police in safeguarding their personal belongings.

Source: South African Police Service.

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