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Safety during festive priority

Law enforcement and various stakeholders are ready to tackle reckless driving and criminal activities, and ensure locals and holidaymakers enjoy a safe and memorable festive season.

Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) launched its safety initiative (SBSI) at the Saldanha Bay Sports Grounds on Friday 13 December.

A collaboration between SBM, the Vredenburg police cluster, Provincial Traffic and the West Coast Business Chamber, the initiative is guided by the Saldanha Bay Safety Forum.

It involves partnering with area community leaders, businesses and law enforcement agencies to influence broader community support and identifying common issues regarding crime.

According to Desmond Paton, head of Provincial Traffic on the West Coast, there will be a zero-tolerance approach to drunken driving and road users can expect an increased presence of traffic officers enforcing the law.

“Provincial traffic on the West Coast has a district safety plan that links into the SBSI in which the municipality, the military, South African police services are intimately involved,” he said.

“The fruits of this involvement are that for the last three years we’ve shown a reduction in fatalities of nearly 65%.”

He adds their West Coast District Safety Plan includes the Saldanha Bay municipal area, Bergrivier and the Swartland region.

“You are going to see a very high presence of law enforcement officers on our roads and that’s to keep you safe, and I can guarantee you there will be zero tolerance for drunk drivers,” Paton said. “We will enforce the law firmly, strictly and consistently.”

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