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Metro Police's High Visability Pays off

6 September 2009
Last week the Metro Police arrested 107 suspects and issued 1778 traffic fines during their many operations and routine patrols. Fifty five of those arrested were motorists who were caught for drunken driving in the Eastern Area which includes Khayelitsha, Strand, Gordon's Bay and Macassar.

Metro Police Chief, Robert Young, warned motorists that the Metro Police will be very stringent when it comes to number plate offences. "Most vehicles that are used in criminal acts have false number plates or at times, no number plates. Our members issued 47 fines relating to number plate offences and we will continue to fine them."

The Metro Police are also focusing on moving violations and 60 motorists were fined for related offences whilst 131 fines for safety belt offences were recorded. It has become very noticeable that there is a reluctance on the part of motorists to wear safety belts, even if they are stopped at vehicle check points.

The function of the Metro Police is three fold, encompassing traffic and by-law enforcement as well as crime prevention. The focus therefore will be on various aspects of criminality and the Metro Police Officers are applying the law during various facets of their patrols.

"We are slowly getting the edge on criminals with our crime fighting strategies, and our members are doing sterling work. We have introduced new measures in our approach and the public will see an increase in visibility," said Young.

Issued by:
Communication Department
City of Cape Town

Media Enquiries: 

Robert Young
Metro Police Chief
Tel: 021 400 1499
Cell: 073 644 5299

Nowellen Petersen
Media Liaison Officer
Metro Police
Tel: 021 400 1752
Cell: 074 619 6449