Swoop on traffic offenders nets 319

2008-03-16 00:00

A pre-Easter clean-up of Durban and Pietermaritzburg roads has already resulted in 319 arrests in the past two weeks for traffic offences.

The arrests are for drunken driving, speeding and unpaid fines.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department spokesman Colin Govender warned "motorists who think that they are above the law ought not to think that they won’t get caught".

He told The Witness that Florida Road in Durban and Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street in Pietermaritzburg are being closely monitored, which has led to the arrests of 61 people for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Yesterday police arrested a man under the influence of alcohol while driving a bus on the N3 with 22 passengers.

"The man was two times over the legal limit [for alcohol]," Govender said. "These results are frightening.

"We will intensify our operation as we approach the Easter weekend and beyond and continue to lock up drivers who flout the law," he said.

Msunduzi traffic and security division spokesman Superintendent Lalloo Parbhoo issued a stern warning: "Zero tolerance is not going to be a faceless cliché, but a force to be reckoned with".

Parbhoo told The Witness that 133 warrants of arrest for unpaid fines to the value of R93 980 were issued at roadblocks between March 3 and 15.

"Senior traffic officer Warren Manser nabbed a taxi driver on Wednesday with 24 unpaid fines amounting to R18 100," said Parbhoo.

There were 2 815 speed camera prosecutions and 115 fines were issued on the N3 north and southbound for various offences, including excessive speed.

"On Ohrtmann Road, a motorist was arrested for doing 186 km/h in a 100 km/h zone," he said.

The department of Transport, RTI, SAPS and Durban Metro Police have all joined forces to crackdown on recalcitrant drivers.

"All we are asking is that people just obey the rules of the road," said Govender.

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