WC traffic cops deployed to hotspots

Officials say high traffic volumes are expected along the coast.

FILE: Western Cape traffic authorities have been deployed to hotspots across the province as many holiday makers flock to the beaches on the Day of Goodwill. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic authorities have been deployed to hotspots across the province as holidaymakers flock to the beaches on the Day of Goodwill.

Authorities say while long-distance roads are quiet at the moment, high traffic volumes are expected along the coast.

Over 100 people have died on provincial roads since the start of December.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says, "The problem we are having is people not wearing seatbelts."

He says 80 percent of fatalities are due to the fact that people don't wear safety belts.

Driver fatigue and reckless driving are also problems identified by authorities.

At the same time, the City of Cape Town has rolled out additional MyCiTi buses as part of its traffic management strategy this festive season.

The city's Richard Coleman said several roads would be closed today to monitor the influx.

Officials will also be out in their numbers to ensure people are safe and by-laws are enforced on beaches.

Traffic officers are tasked with managing the flow of people along the Atlantic seaboard as thousands head to popular spots like Clifton and Camps Bay.

Law enforcement officials warned people not to consume alcohol at the city's beaches.

Authorities have already confiscated 4,000 bottles of liquor since the start of December.