A large roadblock at the intersection of the N11 and Allen Street noted a contingency of law enforcement, emergency personnel and municipal officials gathered on 19 December. The roadblock being multipurpose was also aimed at launching a new campaign, while promoting safety on the roads this festive season.
The Newcastle Municipality’s Department of Community Safety, in partnership with the local Taxi Association, EMRS, SAPS, RTI and ER24, officially launched the festive season road safety campaign under the theme ‘SHAYELA’UZBHEKE’.
The purpose of this campaign is to check if:
- Motorists are using cars that are in a roadworthy condition.
- Passengers wear their seat belts.
- Ensuring that people comply with COVID-19 regulations
- Motorists have their valid travelling documents.
Addressing the stakeholders at the launch of the campaign, Newcastle Municipality’s speaker, Samukelisiwe Yende added it was instrumental that motorist practised caution during the festive season, following the road regulations to the tee.
Brigadier Alexander of Newcastle SAPS emphasised, “I have received a message from the Police Commissioner to ensure there are strict operations in town.” These he points out, will include roadblocks, clamping down on irresponsible motorists and liquor outlets trading illegally.
Recently, Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) issued a statement whereby they asserted, they will not allow you to proceed if you have any outstanding fines—if stopped during the festive season.
But how does one know if you have any outstanding fines?
Chief Traffic Officer Ashok Anandhaw stresses one first needs to reflect on where they travelled, they can then phone the necessary official departments. “In Newcastle, you can contact the Newcastle Municipality’s Department of Community Safety. While for KZN, you can contact the RTI office in Pine Town.”
The roadblock saw law enforcement and municipal officials working towards a safer South Africa, thereby lowering the probability of roadside fatalities.
Author: Quinton Boucher
Edited: Calvin Swemmer