49 drunk drivers held on Boxing Day

2007-12-27 00:00

While unscrupulous motorists continue to break the law, traffic authorities are clamping down further on offenders.

The KZN Transport Department reported that 49 motorists were arrested for drunken driving on Boxing Day.

On Christmas Day four motorists were arrested and released on bail ranging between R3 000 and R5 000 each for speeding.

According to department spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu, the Park Rynie RTI nabbed four motorists travelling between 177 km/h and 184 km/h on the south coast N2 highway.

A 21-year-old driver was clocked at 184 km/h in his Mini Cooper near Ellingham south-bound.

He was released on R5 000 bail at the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court.

A Toyota Conquest was also caught flying at 183 km/h near Park Rynie. The 27-year-old driver was also released on R5 000 bail. Mngomezulu said both vehicles were registered in Gauteng.

Also in Ellingham, a 23-year-old from Durban was nabbed doing 177km/h. He was released on R4 000 bail. A 55-year-old heavy duty truck driver was stopped driving at 116 km/h, and released on R3 000 bail.

Mngomezulu expressed her dismay at the level of speeding during the festive season. "It’s so surprising to find that people continue to drive at high speed, especially after we have repeatedly warned against speeding and reckless driving".

The drunk driving arrests were made at different road blocks in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

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