Western Cape’s MEC for Transport, Donald Grant,unveiled new smart traffic interventions at the province’s festive season statistics presentation last week.
Donald Grant highlighted that the Smart Enforcement Technology Interventions will include:
– New traffic vehicles being fitted with automatic number plate recognition software dashcams, as well as new patrol radios, live camera surveillance, and stolen vehicle recognition
– Handheld devices that enable officials to have direct roadside access and verify the validity of driving and motor vehicle licenses. The devices also check professional driving permits, as well as outstanding speeding offences
– Three Mobile Alcohol Evidentiary Units will be deployed at strategic locations across the province to aid Random Breath Testing (RBT) operations. These units also collect evidence by the side of the road, which may then be used in criminal prosecutions.
Speaking on the festive season statistics, Grant said the province recorded a 6% drop in road fatalities over the past festive season from 262 fatalities recorded in 2016/17 period to 246 in 2018.
In addition there has been a notable decrease in pedestrian deaths, dropping from 104 to 91 fatalities.