Don’t warn your ‘friends’ about roadblocks

DURBAN North SAPS are taking issue with a trend in social media, where people are using various platforms to warn others about roadblock locations. Capt Raymond Deokaran, spokesman for the station, said people posting messages warning others of roadblocks could be charged with defeating the ends of justice if caught.

Deokaran said he is aware of instances in the past where announcements are made at pubs or on WhatsApp groups to warn others to stay away from roadblocks.

“This does not solve the problem, it lets people know about roadblocks and encourages some potentially dangerous impaired drivers to get behind the wheel. Social media can be a valuable asset but not when its used to undercut the law. We hold roadblocks to try to get dangerous people off the road,” he said.

“We will be conducting several more roadblocks in the lead up to and during the festive season. In the last six roadblocks 84 people have been arrested for drunk driving. I understand people want to unwind, however, not when it endangers other road users. This is a warning to drivers, if you do decide to drive intoxicated, you will be arrested, no excuses.”

Shiraz Habbib

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