KwaZulu-Natal driving warning

2009-12-12 13:57

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison

Willies Mchunu has sent a stern warning to the province’s residents and festive

season visitors that officers will be out in full force to enforce road

rules.

The province is fully behind “Operation Safer Festive Season”,

aimed at stopping over a million cars nationwide.

The province had already started with a fierce programme of road

blocks where drunken drivers were being arrested since last month.

Another target has been speeding.

“We are alarmed at the high number of drunk drivers within the

province,” said Mchunu this week. “This is a call for alarm that some drivers

blatantly disregard all awareness and efforts by the department to curb road

accidents caused by drunk drivers.”

On December 5 KZN Provincial Secretary of Congress of the People

(Cope) Phillip Mhlongo was arrested after being caught allegedly drunk driving

in the vicinity of eZimbokodweni (KZN South Coast) by the Road Traffic

Inspectorate (RTI).

When tested for alcohol, the reading came positive and was 0,52g

which is three times over the legal limit.

Mhlongo was detained at Amanzimtoti police station, appeared in

court on Monday where he was released on R500 bail and will appear in court

again on January 21.

Mchunu welcomed Mhlongo’s arrest calling his behaviour “a shameful

act by a senior political leader”.

He said Mhlongo’s arrest served as proof that the law won’t be

compromised to accommodate certain individuals.

RTI processed 175 cases of drunk driving in November at the newly

launched Alcohol Evidential Centre in Pietermaritzurg.

Fifty five people were caught drunk driving within the first week

of December.

Meanwhile, this week Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele praised the

Eastern Cape Provincial Traffic Special Operations Task Team and the Buffalo

City Municipal Traffic Services for arresting 147 drunken drivers last weekend

in East London and Mdantsane.

A further 17 offenders were arrested in Uitenhage and five in

Aliwal North, bringing the total to 169.

The task team also checked for unroadworthy cars in the Queenstown

area and out of 83 vehicles tested, 17 buses and 10 mini buses were

suspended.

Ndebele revealed that 120 summonses had been issued for various

offences and 12 warrants of arrests had been executed.

He said in Mount Frere and Queenstown two bus drivers were arrested

after being found driving buses that were under suspension.

 

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