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Joint Traffic Services Ensure Safe Festive Season in George

Throughout the festive season, traffic officials managed high-pressure points

The concerted efforts between George Traffic Services and the Western Cape Provincial Traffic have once again contributed to a safer festive season in George. Active patrolling of all municipal areas, regular vehicle checkpoints focusing on drunk driving, and managing traffic flow at congested intersections were among the key strategies employed.

Traffic services prioritized critical intersections such as N2/Victoria Bay, Garden Route Mall, Knysna Road exit ramp to Mossel Bay, N2/Station Road (Wilderness), N2/Caltex (Wilderness), N2/Sanparks, and N2/Salinas. Additionally, they regulated traffic on provincial roads surrounding the local airport due to increased flights.

Temporary road signs and traffic cones were strategically placed at hazardous locations to ensure compliance and prevent illegal parking, obstruction, or encroachment on roadways. Each beach had designated areas for Drop and Go, with staff deployed to assist in various capacities.

Throughout the festive season, traffic officials managed high-pressure points, regulated traffic on Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Sandkraal Road during Thembalethu/N2 bridge construction and provided support for funeral escorts and various events within George.

During this period, 38 vehicle accidents were attended to, including 10 with injuries and one fatal incident. Traffic officials issued 413 notices for various traffic and vehicle offences, carried out 32 impoundments, and collected fines totalling R151,100.

To enhance road safety, the Vehicle Testing Station offered free 10-point checks before long-distance travel, with seven motorists taking advantage of this opportunity. The same service will be available from 8th to 12th January 2024 at the Vehicle Testing Station on Hibernia Street from 08:30 to 15:30.