Motorists have again been advised to remain vigilant and cautious when taking to the roads, especially with the festive season drawing to a close. This comes in light of an extremely busy holiday period for Metro Police and provincial traffic authorities, which has yielded numerous fines and arrests over the past two weeks.
Metro Police deputy chief, Yolanda Faro, said they would continue to monitor roads despite many locals having already returned to work. With most traffic congestion situated to and from the beach areas, she noted this was where their core operations would be concentrated. Other areas of note were the major highways, especially with many families now returning from vacation.
“Once people start coming in, provincial traffic will start to monitor especially from your Somerset West side. We will also monitor with provincial traffic services your N1 and N2’s,” she said.
Motorists returning from the holiday destinations were also advised to rest at least every two hours, to ensure they were fresh and in the right frame of mind when getting behind the wheel.
Amongst the most concerning incidents to have emerged over the festive season were the almost 500 children that went missing or were left unattended on the city’s beaches over New Years Eve. Faro said Metro Police were successful in reuniting 72 of those children to their families. The majority of the remaining children have also since been reunited with their parents.
“For us this is a huge total because if you go to the beach, people tend to not watch their children. Yes we want to enjoy ourselves, but you cannot leave your children and not watch them all the time,” she stressed.
In terms of activity on the beaches, there were several cases of alcohol abuse across the city, with at least 20 liquor related offences noted by Metro Police.
With regards to traffic operations, officials issued a total of 297 traffic fines, arrested at least three individuals for drunk driving, as well as issued fines relating to drag racing, unlicensed drivers and cars, and un-roadworthy vehicles amongst others.
Faro noted that the Metro Police had also made arrests in terms illegal narcotic and drug possession, as well as issued fines for 24 municipal by-law offenses.
“All in all we had a very busy festive season, include leading up to and after the New Years,” she said. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)