No mercy for WC traffic offenders this festive season

Dozens of officers made their presence felt along the N1 highway near Paarl earlier today.

Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic officers and members of the South African Police Services have vowed to show traffic offenders no mercy this festive season.

Dozens of officers made their presence felt along the N1 highway near Paarl earlier today as they pulled motorists off the road checking for road worthiness and valid licenses.

After the roadblock, members of the provincial traffic and transport departments launched their Cape festive season operational plan at the Huguenot Tunnel.

Earlier, a female motorist was shocked after being ordered to park her vehicle and a police officer then informed her that her car's number plate and licencing discs on her windscreen did not match.

Later, a traffic official stopped the driver of a two-seater bakkie with two adults and a child sitting between them and warned the parents about the importance of buckling up.

Transport MEC Donald Grant says their statistics show a steady decrease in road deaths over the festive season between 2011 and 2015.

In January 2011, 263 road deaths were recorded in the province while January this year saw 197 road deaths.