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Kimberley cops set up N8 roadblock as Easter safety operations intensify

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The Kimberley SAPS, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, the SANDF and the Northern Cape and Free State provincial traffic departments conducted a roadblock on the N8 outside Kimberley on Thursday.

The roadblock on the N8. Picture: Supplied

THE KIMBERLEY SAPS, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, the SANDF and the Northern Cape and Free State provincial traffic departments conducted a roadblock on the N8 outside Kimberley on Thursday.

The roadblock formed part of the Northern Cape police’s commitment to be out in full force to ensure that everyone is and feels safe during the Easter holidays and beyond.

The Community in Blue patrollers also participated by distributing pamphlets to motorists.

The operations were visited by the Frances Baard district commissioner, Major-General Johan Bean, and Sol Plaatje executive mayor Dante Sonyoni.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock said the team stopped and searched 302 vehicles and 407 persons and issued traffic fines to the value of R10,000.

“The police will also focus on illegal activities including stolen goods, firearms and ammunition, stolen vehicles, drugs and livestock in transit on our roads leading into and out of the Province,” said Kock.

“Speeding, driver fatigue, use of safety belts and overloading will also be concentrated on.

“Our attention is also focused on responsible driving at all times, therefore illegal spinning and drag racing, drunken driving and drinking in public will not be tolerated,” warned Kock.

He also warned local restaurants serving alcohol and taverns and nightclubs that they will be visited to ensure that they adhere to closing times and licence conditions.

The police further urged city residents to implement and adhere to the following safety tips during the Easter holidays:

– Make sure doors, windows, gates, garage doors are locked.

– Do not leave valuables lying around in your yard or motor vehicle that can lure criminals to your property.

– Always leave someone to look after your home when you are gone for the holidays.

– Install alarm systems and surveillance cameras at your home and business premises to deter criminals that intend to rob and steal.

– Be vigilant and immediately report suspicious-looking people loitering around your house or business.

– Do not post holiday pictures or status’ when on holiday, rather wait until you return home from your vacation.

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