Kruger Park turns to tech


Kruger Park officials have new speed cameras to assist them in clamping down on officials. The Kruger National Park (KNP) has turned to technology to keep rule-breakers in check.

Traffic officers at the park received new speed cameras to assist them in clamping down on offenders.

The new equipment will be in full force during the festive season, when the volume of visitors to the park will be high, says KNP, ITWeb reports.
“The new cameras not only record the speed of several oncoming vehicles at the same time, but are able to identify vehicles that are exceeding the speed limits.”

It adds that the cameras also take live video footage, which KNP traffic officers can replay to individuals who express doubt when they are caught speeding.
“From time to time, Protection Services receives feedback from concerned tourists about rule-breakers who speed on the roads in the park, some protruding or climbing out of their vehicles,” said KNP’s HOD of public relations, William Mabasa.
“The law enforcers experience problems when they have to issue fines to guilty individuals out there, with some contesting the fine and demanding proof. Management wanted to tighten the screws in this regard and we are quite certain that the new equipment will assist us.”

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During the festive season, KNP says its law enforcement officers will also, among other things, conduct roadblocks at strategic places all over the park, starting tomorrow. General patrolling, visibility on the vulnerable areas such as receptions and bank/auto tellers at rest camps, will also form part of the campaign, adds the park.

Park laws

KNP emphasises that apart from general traffic laws like having a recognised driver’s licence, the park has certain rules that must be adhered to.

Visitors must remain in their vehicles unless in a designated area, and no part of the body may protrude from a window or sunroof or any other part of the vehicle. Visitors are urged to stick to the speed limit, which is 50km/h on tar roads and 40km/h on gravel roads.