Metro police up road safety awareness in Soshanguve

Tshwane metro police are busy with a campaign aimed at raising the awareness of road safety to improve public safety.

The Tshwane metro police (TMPD) has been intensifying roadblocks and road safety awareness campaigns around Soshanguve.

The campaign is intended to create police visibility and raise the awareness of road safety to improve general public safety.

“Our most recent operations have taken place on various major roads around Soshanguve. Our enforcement operations are usually conducted between 10:00 and 13:00, however as the number of vehicles on our road increase, so will our enforcement times,” the TMPD said in a statement.

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A number of motorists have been prosecuted for traffic violations such as driving without seatbelts, speeding and driving unroadworthy vehicles.

The TMPD said it had a zero tolerance approach to drinking and driving.

“As part of the campaign more officers will be visible on the roads. The campaign will be extended to other communities such as Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Hammanskraal and Mamelodi where the disregard for road rules is a problem.

“Both pedestrians and motorists are advised to always to obey the rules of the road.”

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TMPD said that road traffic injuries were a global problem and a growing public health issue which disproportionately affected vulnerable groups such as the poor.

The key objectives of the campaign were to reduce the current high rate of road accidents by proactively addressing road-user behaviour, promoting road safety principles and effective law enforcement.

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