Police to be vigilant on the roads

The RTMC's Ashref Ismail said officials are on the lookout for traffic offenders.

The RTMC's Ashref Ismail said officials are on the lookout for traffic offenders. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Sunday, officers have been instructed to arrest motorists who overtake other vehicles illegally as head on collisions are showing up in many major accidents.

Over 765 people have been killed in about 638 accidents on the country's roads since the beginning of this month.

Last year 1,771 people were killed as a result of 1,316 crashes over the festive season.

The RTMC's Ashref Ismail said officials are on the lookout for traffic offenders.

"We want to emphasise that no mercy will be shown.

"We have already instructed all traffic authorities that if they find people overtaking on barrier lines, they should not be given a fine but should be arrested immediately."

Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga said a number of fake drivers' permits have been confiscated during a road safety campaign in the Eastern Cape.

Chikunga said Sunday's operation forms part of a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing road accidents.

She said drivers need to obey the rules of the road or face the full might of the law.

"We are reminding people about road safety, Arrive Alive and things they are not supposed to do on our roads and those that they should do.

"They should not speed because whenever they speed, whenever they feel tired, they must rest and that they must not drink and drive."

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's law enforcement unit has confiscated more than 2,000 bottles of liquor from beaches and swimming pools since the start of the festive season.

Seven people are also spending the weekend behind bars for drunken driving.

More than 1,600 litres of alcohol have been seized at bathing spots since the start of this month.

"I think we're really pushing it this festive season," said the city's Mayoral Committee (Mayco) member JP Smith.

"A core element is reducing the abuse of alcohol in situations with personal risk and danger to others, especially on our roads with a large number of road blocks and on beaches and swimming pools."