South African Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has warned that law enforcement officers will adopt a zero tolerance approach for unlawful behaviour on the country's roads this coming year-end festive season.
She also warned that motorists caught driving above the speed limit will be arrested on the spot when speaking at the launch of the 2016 Festive Season Road Safety campaign on the N12 highway near this township in Johannesburg over the weekend.
Peters said the police and traffic officials would be out in full force on all of the country's major traffic flows to ensure the safety of all road users. "Men are the most people who die on our roads because of their unfaithful behaviour by having multiple partners, they are always rushing from partner to another," she said.
The Minister said road safety is everyone's responsibility. She expressed concern about motorists who drink and drive saying that this would not be tolerated.
She appealed to motorists and pedestrians to drink responsibly or face the prospect of spending the festive season behind bars, or being killed in a crash. "Some people drink as if there is no tomorrow; these are the most dangerous people on our roads," Peters said.
The minister also expressed concern about the high number of children who are knocked down by vehicles, saying parents should take responsibility and teach their children road safety at home. "It is your duty as a parent to teach your children road safety issues at home," she said.
The 2016 Festive Season Road Safety campaign kicked-off with Peters taking part at a nearby roadblock in Eldorado Park manned by Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) officials and members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).
At the roadblock, a woman driving with her small baby was arrested for drunk driving and scores of minibus taxis were impounded for being not roadworthy.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK