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West Coast road a little less dangerous last year

Fatalities have decreased on West Coast roads during last year’s festive period while 200 drunk driving arrests were made as well as fines to the value of R700 000 were issued.

According to Desmond Paton, head of West Coast Provincial Traffic, they recorded 15 fatalities in 2018 while eight were reported last year, which involved a fatal crash that claimed five lives early in December.

He adds that there were various traffic operations that took place, which included: Random Breath Testing (RBT), Vehicle Test Unit deployment, speed law enforcement, fatigue management and driver and vehicle fitness programmes.

When asked what were some of the challenges and successes during the festive traffic operations, he said: “heavy winds were a concern, and the fact that the public still do not see driving under the influence (DUI) as a serious offence is concerning. Its high time that road users have a paradigm shift with regards to attitude and mindset in the manner of driving their vehicles.”

He also mentioned that DUI was the most common offence that was committed as well as excessive speeding and that the law enforcement operations will intensity throughout the year.

“The Festive season plan its nearing its end now, but it is important to note that the intensity in enforcement operations seen over the festive season will not stop, but rather it will intensify.”

He also mentions that the abnormal load escorts have officially begun on Wednesday 15 January and he urges all road users to be patient and tolerant towards these convoys.

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