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Unit to control traffic violations

Law enforcement agencies held a road safety operation on the N1 in Worcester last week during which Provincial Traffic introduced its new mobile evidentiary unit.

The unit is fitted with the approved Dräger Model 9510 ZA breathalyser that meets all legislative requirements, video and sound recording capability to record all activities in the unit, computer programs to record a subject’s information and the results of all breath tests.

These will be streamed to a mainframe from equipment such as portable alcohol screening devices, and road signage that will enable officers to set up vehicle checkpoints to conduct random breath testing within minutes, and some additional features, including a water supply.

The unit is powered by a generator converted to drive all of the systems fitted.

It will be deployed along roads in the Western Cape during the festive season.

This launch comes after the Minister of Police Bheki Cele, along with police management, officially launched the Safer Festive Season Operation on the theme “Quiet Storm and #SaferFridays”.

“It is common knowledge that the Christmas holiday period is traditionally a time for relaxation and festivities, but unfortunately it is also a period when complacency seems to set in and criminals become opportunistic,” says local police spokesperson Captain Lindikhaya Mkhontwana in a statement following the launch.

More operations will be structured at strategic places by law enforcement officers from Saps and traffic departments to ensure safety on the national roads that pass Worcester, including the N1, R60 and R43.

“The objective of these operations is to minimise the number of fatal accidents, drug trafficking, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, overloading and to check vehicles for roadworthiness,” says Mkhontwana.

“Officers will use a zero-tolerance approach on traffic violations, especially for drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol.”

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