These are questions to the Knysna Traffic and Law Enforcement department as headed by Richard Meyer who is the Manager for Disaster Management, Social Services & Traffic (he can be reached on 044 302 6426):
- What is being done so as to educate Knysna drivers as to the new fines?
- Will tripling fines proportionately reduce road deaths by 300%?
- What is the breakdown of traffic offences?
- Are most for speeding?
- Is stopping speeding about prevention or punishment i.e. have local traffic officers ordered to be as visible as possible?
- If there’s an increase in the monies raised through fines, how will it be utilised?
- How many of the vehicles driven without a licence or found to be unroadworthy enough to get a fine are in fact taken off the road immediately?
- Are their drug tests for taxi drivers? If so, what has happened? If not, why not?
- How many traffic officers are there?
- How many are deployed on day shift at one time?
- How many are deployed at rush hour, morning, evening and Friday afternoons – asked because there seems to be no increase in visibility.
- Why aren’t the taverns being policed the most? It seems to be a free-for-all on the roads beside them, by both pedestrians and drivers.
- How many people died or were injured due to road accidents in 2013/2014?
- How many were pedestrians?
- How many accidents were a result of alcohol?
- What preventive actions does the traffic department have in place to stop alcohol abuse?
- Why are local traffic officers committing traffic offences instead of setting an example? They are regularly seen to cross solid lines or park incorrectly?
- Is their a quota system? Can that be proven by comparing the records of all Knysna’s traffic officers over a period of 3 months?
- What is the health standard requirement for an officer?
- What has been done to ensure this?
- When was the last “health check”?
- How are officers receiving reinforcement training as to how to handle the public courteously and with respect?
- How many fines were issued in 2013/2014 versus how many paid?
- How many of the vehicles, as a percentage of the total, carried CX licence plates?
- Why did the Knysna Municipality not buy the new Nissan Jukes from the lowest tenderer, costing the taxpayer an approximate extra R15 000 per vehicle?
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