|Speeding motorists in Mpumalanga are in for a surprise when three hi-tech traffic vehicles hit the province’s roads ahead of the Easter holidays.
The three vehicles, that cost nearly R2m, are equipped with state-of-the-art traffic monitoring and prosecution equipment that will be used by specially-trained traffic officers on provincial roads.
The vehicles will be unmarked.
“They are not marked purposefully so that we can apprehend road offenders who only comply with traffic rules when they see marked traffic vehicles,” said Mpumalanga roads and transport department spokesperson David Nkambule.
The new vehicles are also designed to allow traffic officers to detect and stop drivers who have outstanding fines.
To do this, the system is linked to the National Traffic Information System, which will display outstanding fines, the driver’s personal and biographical information as well as other vehicles registered in the owner’s name.
The vehicles are fitted with a number plate recording system and records speeding violations.
“We will continue to invest in road safety as it is necessary and required of us to act in the interest of the public,” said Transport Minister Jeff Radebe who handed the cars over to Mpumalanga officials at the launch of the Arrive Alive Easter campaign on Tuesday.
This Easter, the department is going all out to promote road safety and compliance by motorists to rules.
Roadblocks, spot checks and visible patrolling will be carried out on all roads in the province during Easter.
“We have a zero tolerance attitude to those who will disobey the rules of the road,” said Nkambule.
“We will conduct unannounced compulsory rest stops where we monitor people and encourage them to rest every 200km or two hours of driving,” explained Nkambule.
“Road safety begins with each and every one of us, and by working together the number of road accidents and fatalities can be reduced,” he said.