Ahead of the festive season which is usually battered by a rise of crime related cases, particularly on the South African roadsides, the South Africa’s transport Department has ordered traffic officials to stop hiding in the bushes.
In a statement meant to address the traffic officials on better moves to handle traffic rules and to apprehend offenders, the transport department says hiding police vehicles in the bush should be stopped.
Rolling out its new changes in the traffic rules, transport minister Joe Maswanganyi said: “The common practice of hiding officers or vehicles to apprehend traffic offenders is counter-productive and antagonises citizens that are normally law-abiding. The challenging situation we are faced with calls upon us to make a fundamental shift and start doing differently this year,”
The department also noted its intentions to be strict on drunk drivers as they are the major contributors to traffic violations and various other road accidents across the country.
Maswanganyi said instead of the usual hide and seek tactics used in capturing traffic offenders, motorists can expect to see officers patrolling freeways, streets and public places in clearly marked vehicles.
“In a few days, many employed citizens of our country will receive their pay bonuses and this will undoubtedly set off a chain reaction of alcohol drinking spree that will lead to the loss of lives on our roads.
“This includes the voluminous scheduled travel for leisure and attendance of religious pilgrimages which as well have the capacity to increase road carnages,” said the Minister.
“I call on all road users to not drink and drive, text and drive, reduce your speed, buckle up and beware of pedestrians,” said the minister.
“Let there be no tolerance for drunken driving, speeding, reckless and negligent driving and all forms of lawlessness on the roads.”
Added to the new strategy, Traffic officials are also likely to work long hours, especially during the weekends leading up to the 16th of December, Christmas and New Year.