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2011-04-05: City will continue to act against traffic offenders

Johannesburg traffic officials will not let down on their campaigns to act against offenders, especially those who exceed the speed limits, says the Executive Mayor, Clr Amos Masondo.

Speaking at the opening of a new traffic education centre in Randburg Mayor Masondo said speed remains the single biggest cause of accidents and loss of lives on the City’s roads.

“I you add to this the problems of alcohol and substance abuse and the presence of unroadworthy vehicles - you get a toxic mix that inevitably lead to carnage on our roads,” he said.

Road safety management – and especially action against speedsters – is not popular among members of the public anywhere in the world. Thus, Johannesburg is well prepared for the barrage of criticism that often accompanies our law enforcement activities.

“This criticism will not deter the City nor will it lead to our officers relaxing their vigilance. We know that the overwhelming majority of law-abiding residents of Johannesburg support our efforts and expect from the JMPD to step up the pace.”

Mayor Masondo said critics should stop creating confusion and undermining the JMPD’s efforts to create a safer city. He called on them to rather become involve in positive campaigns such as this training centre to help us promote awareness on responsible behaviour from an early age.

The Child Safety Centre on the corner of Rabie and Martha Streets in Randburg is a joint initiative between the JMPD and Syntell. School children in the region visit the centre where they receive information and training on basic road safety issues.

Good behaviour and a knowledge of road safety should be taught from a very early age. This centre will enable the city to teach road safety to school children in the expectation that “a responsible child will one day grow up to become a responsible adult,” said Mayor Masondo.


Released on behalf of the City of the Executive Mayor Clr Amos Masondo

For inquiries contact:
Nkhensani Makhobela
Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor
City of Johannesburg
Tel: 011 407 7524
Fax: 011 339 5407
Cell: 082 461-7075