SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORITIES DEPLOY OFFICERS TO CURB TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
JOHANNESBURG, As holiday-makers begin to to travel to various destinations across South Africa and with the road death toll soaring to above last year's level, the police have come out inr numbers to mitigate road accidents ahead of Christmas.
Police have set up numerous roadblocks across the country to try curb road accidents and traffic officers are out in full force, with more than 600 traffic officers having been deployed nationwide and they are leaving no stone unturned.
Gauteng Province Traffic Police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo says: Our major target is public transport as they are responsible for accidents with multiple deaths.
Major-General Girly Mbele, who commands a cluster of police stations in Gauteng, says: We are also looking for criminals transporting drugs and those who are wanted for various crimes.
About 845 people have already died on the country's roads since the beginning of the festive season, a 17 per cent increase compared with the same time last year.
Lesedi Local Municipality Council Member for Community Services Kate Raketla advises drivers: Change your attitude, buckle up and don't drink and drive.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK