By Aubrey Sambo
Law enforcement on Limpopo?s roads is set to improve when 150 newly trained traffic officers from the Mutale local municipality in Thohoyandou graduate.
The graduates will receive certificates for completing an internship programme organised by the Provincial Roads and Transport Department last year.
"The 150 graduates have already been absorbed by the department to become part of our growing number of traffic officers,' said departmental spokesperson, Boiki Tsedu.
He said a further 196 traffic officers have been hired by the department, bringing the number of new officers to 346.
Mr Tsedu said the department was committed to appointing 500 new traffic officers by 2010.
The outstanding 154 trainees are currently undergoing their six-month training and are expected to graduate by next year January.
He said new traffic officers were key in assisting the department to implement its Professionalism, Awareness, Visibility and Education Strategy, which seeks to bolster law enforcement on roads.
Last year, 815 road crashes were reported in Limpopo.
There was a further 7.5 percent increase in new vehicles due to the province?s economic growth
Mr Tsedu said MEC for Transport Justice Piitso had promised to use part of the R2.4 billion budget for the current financial year to improve traffic flow and ensure safety.
"This intervention is not only creating decent and sustainable jobs, but beyond this, it is bearing the desired outcomes of reducing crashes on our roads,' said Mr Tsedu.
However, he cautioned that while the department was doing its best to reduce the number of traffic accidents, it was up to both drivers and pedestrians to follow traffic laws.
"Be part of the solution, road safety begins with you,' said Mr Tsedu.
He said the event will be held at the Manenu Traffic College in Thohoyandou, where the graduates were trained.