Overberg District adopts zero tolerance approach at the launch of its Festive Season District Safety Plan (DSP)

“Alcohol and roads don’t mix.  The Overberg District has adopted a zero tolerance approach to anyone intent on breaking the law.”

This sobering announcement was made at the launch of the Overberg District’s Festive Season Road Safety campaign – a joint operation between the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, the Cape Agulhas, Theewaterskloof and Overstrand municipalities, the South African Police Service Overberg Cluster, as well as relevant emergency management and disaster management services in the area.

The Festive Season activities of the Overberg District Safety Plan (DSP) were unveiled at a specially held ceremony at the NG Kerk in Caledon on Friday, 9 December 2016. The DSP – which runs from 1 October 2016 through to 31 March 2017 - is an integrated enforcement, education and engineering project associated with those elements that could affect road safety in the Caledon Traffic Centre operational area.

 

Provincial Traffic Law Enforcement Director, Mr D Lakey (first left) is seen handing over the operational equipment to Overstrand’s Traffic Chief, Mr R Fraser (second left); whilst Caledon’s Acting Chief Provincial Inspector Traffic ,Mr B Fourie (third left) and the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works’ Mr H Elliot (first right) looks on.


The primary objective of the programme is to reduce overall fatalities by 33%, and child fatalities by 50%, by the year 2020. Another fundamental goal is to inculcate a culture of awareness and responsibility amongst the public through a number of road safety and traffic law enforcement educational activities.  These will include the broadcasting of radio advertisements and other undertakings linked with the Safely Home and Booze Free road safety themes. To that end, local media and interested news media stakeholders have been identified as key contributors to the successful implementation of the plan.

Speaking at the event, SAPS Overberg Cluster Commander, Brigadier Heilbron stated, “As a collective, we have the necessary resources and capabilities across the broad spectrum of stakeholders involved to ensure the successful delivery of our mandate.”

A point that was further emphasised by Provincial Traffic Law Enforcement Director, Mr Lakey who said,   “Now more than ever we must join hands in a combined effort to protect our citizens against those criminal elements who could be bent on capitalizing on any inadvertent opportunities that may arise from the hustle and bustle of the Season.”

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