WC's new strategy to minimise road deaths

The strategy will focus on driver fitness, vehicle safety, drunk driving and fatigue management.

FILE: Road deaths are on the rise due to increased traffic volume and winter weather conditions. Picture: Morne Esben/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Transport Department has launched a strategy to minimise road deaths during the cold and rainy winter season.

The department along with provincial traffic unveiled a winter traffic law enforcement operational plan on Wednesday.

The campaign will run until the end of August.

Transport MEC Donald Grant says road deaths are on the rise due to increased traffic volume and winter weather conditions.

He says the strategy will focus on driver fitness, vehicle safety, drunk driving and fatigue management over the next three months.

The initiative will include more roadblocks, vehicle checking points, alcohol blitzes and operations aimed at minimising the effect of driver fatigue.

The plan also identifies hotspots where traffic violations regularly occur.

These include the N2 between Borcherds Quarry and Mew Way and the N7 near Du Noon.