Sobering: PMB has most drunk driving offenders

2009-10-05 00:00

MANY residents in Pietermaritzburg have a drinking problem. Even worse, they drink and drive, said Chris Hlabisa, head of the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department, during the launch of Transport Month last week.

He said the Pietermaritzburg area needs closer scrutiny by traffic officers because statistics reveal that the city has the most drinking and driving offenders in the province.

“In October last year, out of just over 900 people that were caught for drinking and driving, 617 of them were from Pietermaritzburg.”

This year’s statistics have not yet been compiled.

Hlabisa bemoaned the inconsiderate actions of drunk drivers for putting the lives of other road users in danger. His words were echoed by Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Willies Mchunu.

He said people who drink and drive should consider that the people killed in accidents have planned for long lives.

Caro Smit of South Africans against Drunk Driving said the high number of arrests in the city means that traffic officers here are doing excellent work, not neccessarily that Maritzburgers drink more. She said it is important to emphasise the message that driving while drunk kills.

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