ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
For immediate release
 
27 March 2018
 
Metro Police Officers on High Alert to Ensure Road Safety During Easter Holidays
 
A high visibility enforcement training programme aimed at capacitating Metro Police officers to ensure road safety ahead of the busy Easter weekend is currently underway at the Durban Royal Hotel. The three-day training programme started on 26 March and ends on 28 March.
 
Road safety remains one of eThekwini Municipality’s top priorities as high volumes of visitors are expected during the long Easter weekend.
 
The Municipality has partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to provide training to Metro Police officers on High Visibility Enforcement to improve road safety in the City.
 
About 25 Metro Police officers across various levels, three doctors and two paramedics are being trained. After successfully completing the training course, the group will be qualified to roll-out the training programme to other officers and municipalities in the country.
 
Chairperson of Governance and Human Resources Committee, Councillor Barbara Fortein urged motorists to adhere to the rules of the road and treat police officers with respect.
 
“Road safety is everybody’s responsibility. During the Easter holidays, we want to improve road safety by reducing road fatalities on our roads. We want to change drivers’ attitudes, while encouraging pedestrians to obey the rules of the road and only cross on designated areas to ensure that they are safe at all time. We want to intensify police visibility to curb violation of traffic rules and we urge drivers not to drink and drive,” said Councillor Fortein.
 
Councillor Fortein added that the interventions being implemented by the Municipality were in line with the United Nations General Assembly resolution 70/260 on improving global road safety, adopted in April 2016 and acknowledged reducing road traffic deaths and injuries as an urgent development priority.
 
The training is provided by Dr Othon Sanchez, a former Police Chief of Mexico City and founder of Conduce sin Alcohol programme which resulted in a 35 percent reduction in drinking and driving related crashes and fatalities. This is the first time the programme is being implemented outside of Mexico City.
 
EThekwini City Manager, Sipho Nzuza said the Municipal leadership wants to create a liveable City through stringent law enforcement because ensuring the safety of pedestrians was a priority.
 
“We want to pay more attention to changing people’s behavior and mindsets of drivers in order to reduce road fatalities. I urge motorists to ensure that they comply with the rules of the road and refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol because we want to save lives.
 
Alcohol reduces driving ability and we have a zero tolerance approach towards drinking and driving,” said Nzuza.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
 
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