Western Cape traffic officials dispatched to holiday hotspots

Saps, metro police and traffic services are among the agencies deploying extra resources.

FILE: Western Cape Traffic Officials are out in their numbers surveying popular local routes over the Easter period. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic officials are out in their numbers surveying popular local routes over the busy Easter period.

Officials have been dispatched to holiday hotspots along the R27 on the West Coast and the N1 highway outside Beaufort West following an increase in traffic volumes year-on-year.

South African Police Service (Saps), metro police and traffic services are among the agencies deploying extra resources over this holiday period.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said authorities were also out in the Southern Cape due to a spike in visitors attending the annual arts festival in the Little Karoo.

"The N2 is one of our major routes that is why we also concentrated on that specific route on the N2. We started in Sir Lowry's Pass with the new average speed over distance programme to make sure that we are spot on and hands on."

Officers were on Sunday deployed to various hotspots including Outshoorn, Mossel Bay and Hermanus.

This after it was revealed that a total of 17 people were killed on roads in the Western Cape since the start of the long weekend.

Africa said drunk and fatigued drivers remained among the biggest traffic offenders.