JMPD clamps down on Easter road hogs
Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers will be out in full force this Easter weekend in an aggressive drive to prevent fatalities and injuries on the roads.
Speaking at the launch of “Ke Molao” (It’s the Law) safety campaign at the Marlboro Testing Station on Tuesday, Johannesburg Executive Mayor Councillor Parks Tau said the JMPD would during this period significantly increase its presence across the city.
“During the Easter period, there is a high volume of people using public transport to travel across the country. Through this road safety campaign we are working towards creating awareness on vehicle safety, driver behaviour and the need for public transport owners to regularly check their vehicle readiness and driver capability,” said Clr Tau.
“We have identified vehicle and driver fitness to be key to ensuring a reduction of accidents and fatalities. An indication that the campaign had been a success would be the ability to measure a reduction of accidents and fatalities associated with driver fatigue and behaviour, as well as unroadworthy vehicles,” Mayor Tau said.
Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety Councillor Sello Lemao urged road users to take responsibility for their own safety.
“We are urging all road users, including passengers and pedestrians, to take personal care of themselves on the roads and obey the rules of the road as molao or the law dictates. We all need to remain conscious of the fact that safety is a collective responsibility and working together we can reduce the number of fatalities on our roads,” MMC Lemao said.
The JMPD will mount several roadblocks across the city to check vehicle roadworthiness, driver’s licences and professional driving permits for public vehicles, including buses and taxis.
JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said suspected unroadworthy buses and taxis would be taken off the road for a full roadworthy test.
“There will be roadblocks on all exit routes from the city on the N1 and N2. Besides the roadblocks, we will have officers patrolling all major highways. The JMPD will have a zero-tolerance approach to lawlessness and to those driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances,” said Minnaar.
JMPD officers will also focus on speeding and search vehicles for drugs, illegal firearms and overloading.