4.5 million vehicles checked

2011-01-04 14:27

About 4.5 million vehicles have been checked and more than two million fines issued since October 1 2010, the department of transport said today.

This was well above the million-a-month target announced by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele as part of South Africa’s “Make Roads Safe” campaign and new National Rolling Enforcement Plan, spokesperson Logan Maistry said.

Since the start of the campaign, more than 7 000 drivers were arrested for drinking and driving, reckless and negligent driving and speeding and more than 26 000 vehicles were taken off the road.

In December in the Eastern Cape, more than 100 886 vehicles and drivers were stopped and checked and 28 751 fines issued for various traffic offences.

In Cape Town 4 523 fines were issued for speeding, and 1 848 vehicles were stopped and checked in December.

In KwaZulu-Natal more than 250 971 vehicles and drivers were stopped and checked in December and about 43 707 fines issued for various traffic offences, Maistry said.

Ndebele said 2011 would be an important year for road safety.

“As government, we are going all out to ensure safer roads in South Africa without fear or favour – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Ndebele was quoted as saying.

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