Authorities intensify safety operations for festive season

The police, metro and traffic police say they’ve adopted a 'zero tolerance' approach.

FILE: Thousands of Gauteng residents will be leaving the province for KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Limpopo over the next few days. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - With just one week before Christmas Day and traffic volumes expected to spike on roads leading to the coast, authorities have intensified their operations to ensure a safe festive season.

Thousands of Gauteng residents will be leaving the province for KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Limpopo over the next few days.

The police, metro and traffic police say they've adopted a 'zero tolerance' approach.

The police's Vish Naidoo has urged holiday-makers to be responsible and obey the law.

"We are going to adopt a zero tolerance approach and this is going to benefit the law abiding citizens. We are going to make sure that they are safe for the duration of the festive season."

At the same time, Tshwane Metro Police's Isaac Mahamba says motorists must inspect their vehicles before embarking on long journeys.

"They have to check for tyres, make sure their licence disks are in good order, they have to check mirrors and also make sure that they have their fire extinguishers."

Meanwhile, the police say they will also continue Operation Fiela throughout the festive season and will work together with their counterparts in the various traffic departments to ensure a safe holiday period.

Naidoo says because of the success of Operation Fiela, it will continue through the festive season.

"This operation covers all the areas that are identified as risk areas, including shopping malls and cash-in-transit heists."

The Johannesburg metro police's Edna Mamonyane says their members will focus on critical road safety concerns.

"We'll be looking at violations, unroadworthy vehicles, drunk drivers and speeding."

Mamonyane has urged motorists not to drink and drive and to rest on long journeys to avoid fatigue.