30 drunk driving arrests

2007-12-26 00:00

About 30 people were arrested for drinking and driving yesterday, in roadblocks throughout Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

Transport Department spokesman Colin Govender said it has always been tradition for people to go out to beaches, parks and dams on the Day of Goodwill.

However there are always the chance takers who drive after drinking at these gatherings putting other motorists at risk.

He said the Pietermaritzburg’s Road Traffic Inspectorate, the Msunduzi Traffic Police, and the SAPS were strategically placed on the N3 to Midmar, the R33 to Albert Falls, and in the central business district, to target these people.

"The results certainly proved us right in thinking that many people come out and think they can break the law by drinking and driving," said Govender.

The operation started at about 2 pm yesterday, continuing until 10 pm.

All culprits were taken to the nearest police station and according to Govender, it is left to the officer in command whether they get bail or not, or whether they are held until they appear in court the next day.

"Nine out of 10 are granted bail unless it is a serious offence," he said.

The department will release a consolidated report today of all the arrests that took place yesterday.

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