Promoting road safety at Hermanus Whale Festival
Traffic law enforcement authorities from the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) and Overstrand, Cape Agulhas and Theewaterskloof Traffic Services arrested nine motorists for driving under the influence during the Hermanus Whale Festival weekend from 30 September to 2 October.
Law enforcement authorities conducted various coordinated operations around Hermanus and along the Overberg coast. The region has a very high incidence of pedestrian fatalities.
A total of 1054 vehicles were stopped, and breath alcohol readings were taken from 887 motorists. Three vehicles were impounded for being unlicensed and/ or unroadworthy, and four were suspended until they have been certified as roadworthy and their owners have renewed their vehicle licences. Traffic officers issued 90 fines in the total amount of R123 500.
In support of these joint law enforcement activities, DTPW road safety officers were at the festival conducting safety talks, responding to road safety queries, exhibiting information, and distributing pamphlets. The seat belt convincer, which simulates what happens in a crash, showed visitors the importance of wearing seatbelts at all times.
During October, Safely Home will be focusing on child road safety. Its activities will include road safety talks at schools, seatbelt compliance operations, learner transport operations, and scholar patrol audits and training. Comprehensive road safety education for children requires the involvement of traffic officers, parents, teachers and other adults in a community. Together, we can set a good example for children by consistently adhering to the rules of the road.