Emergency personnel enjoy a quieter festive season

Law enforcement and emergency services officials have described the 2008 festive season as one of the...

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Law enforcement and emergency services officials have described the 2008 festive season as one of the quietest in recent years.

Traffic officials, emergency personnel and police were on high alert over the past few weeks as the holiday rush kicked in across the country.

The country’s road death toll seemed to be considerably low compared to previous years.

In the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Western Cape, transport authorities said that they noticed a marked decrease not just in road accidents but also in traffic volumes in some areas.

The province’s strict new liquor laws also contributed to fewer drinking and driving cases as well as incidences on the beaches.

The National Sea Rescue Institute also said that emergency services were quieter on the beaches this season compared to last year.

Police have also given themselves a pat on the back.

“I wouldn’t call it aggressive. I would say it is a smarter approach to ensure the safety of the people of the <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Western Cape,” said a police officer.

<place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Western Cape police’s Andre Trout said that no serious crime had been reported since New Years Eve.