The recent release of the 2013/14 third quarterly report of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport reports only 200 arrests for drinking and driving.
While this may seem low, it is in no way a true reflection of driving under the influence in the province, as most instances often occur during the weekend or after hours.
Yet, the report notes that deployment of more traffic officers after hours and on weekends has been hampered by budget constraints.
Road traffic safety will only improve if traffic law enforcement is at its most intensive during periods when infringements are most likely to occur. Prevention is as always better than cure, and the increased visibility of traffic officials on our roads will play a significant part in reducing road fatalities and encourage compliance with the law.
In light of these constraints, the DA welcomes Finance MEC Barbara Creecy’s announcement of an additional R201 million to the 2015/16 budget to bolster traffic law enforcement, as well as the R601 million earmarked to radically reduce road fatalities by increasing police visibly and road safety campaigns.
Michele Clarke MPL
DA Spokesperson on Community Safety
060 558 8309
March 5, 2015