03 January 2013
Responding to a report on the current death
toll on South Africa roads over the festive season by the Road
Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Thursday, IFP
Spokesperson for Safety and Security, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, MP said:
"It is shocking to note that the festive
season is not even officially over and already 1279 people have
been killed on South Africa's roads. While the IFP welcomes the arrest of the more
than 2100 drunk drivers we think that more can be done to ensure
the prevention of this reckless behaviour." Ndlovu added.
"We therefore call for more consequent action
from the relevant authorities.
The IFP advocates that if any person, without exception, is
found driving under the influence of alcohol their license
should be immediately revoked without possibility of renewal or
ever retaking their driving license again." he
"The IFP also calls for an end to traffic
officers hiding behind bushes in order to trap speeding
motorists. There are already many roadside camera speeding
traps, which have been permanently mounted alongside our roads
and do not require personnel." continued Ndlovu.
"We believe that the public can be better
served by traffic officers who are more visible and therefore
prevent accidents rather than having to perform a task which is
already being taken care of by the roadside camera speeding
traps. Traffic officers could then concentrate more on more
regular roadblocks with breathalysers and in that way,
hopefully, prevent a problem before it occurs." he added.
"I would, however, like to thank all the
relevant authorities and personnel, who have been policing our
roads during the festive season. We appreciate your sacrifice
because I am sure, like us, you would like to be home
celebrating with all your loved ones. Your vigilant policing has
resulted in the arrest of more than 2100 drunk drivers, which
has led to the prevention of many more deaths on our roads.
Thank you." he concluded.
Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, MP
IFP Spokesperson for Safety and Security
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