High police and traffic presence to curb accidents

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Bloemfontein police will be on patrol throughout the festive season as a way to dissuade people from driving under the influence of alcohol. This is according to SAPS spokesperson, Thabo Covane, as merry-makers and holiday-goers take to the roads this month.

Covane explained that drunk driving is a cause of needless death and crime. “We register many cases of culpable homicide at the station and that’s because of people who have been drinking before they take on the road,” he said.

“We want to stop it at the root because we don’t enjoy arresting people for drinking and driving. We lose our loved ones because of people who decide to sit and drink then get behind the wheel,” added Covane.

The Lt-Col. and spokesperson of Park Road Police Station expressed that high visibility is one of the methods that will be used to keep people from driving under the influence. “There will be as many officers on the ground as possible,” explained Covane.

This follows a statement by the Free State Police, Roads and Transport that many traffic officials would also be on the ground to ensure that drivers stick to the rules of the road.

“We applaud the good work done by men and women in brown. We know that they sacrifice time they should be spending with loved ones during the festive season to make sure that there is visibility on the Free State roads and that all arrive alive at their destinations”, said MEC Sam Mashinini. –

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za