13 000 arrested over festive season
Johannesburg - More than 13 000 motorists were arrested over the festive season, the transport department said on Thursday.
The 13 439 drivers were arrested between December 1 and January 8, said Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele's spokesperson Logan Maistry.
A total of 2 492 were arrested for drunk driving, 162 for reckless and negligent driving, 314 for excessive speeding, 9 222 for outstanding warrants, 635 for not possessing the correct permits, 50 for fake documentation, 117 for not having a driving licence, and 447 for other offences.
"During the same period, more than 1.5 million vehicles and drivers were checked, 526 735 fines issued for various traffic offences, and 6 084 un-roadworthy vehicles discontinued from use," said Maistry.
Between September and November, over 3 500 public transport and freight drivers were arrested.
From October 2010 to October 2011, 6.28 million fines were issued, 21 575 drunk drivers arrested, and 60 313 un-roadworthy vehicles pulled off the roads.
Road deaths dropped by 75% in the festive season on the N3 between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
Eight people were killed on the 415km stretch of highway between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal.
Thirty two people died on the same stretch of road over a similar period the year before.
Ndebele commended emergency services for their work over the festive season.
He said in a statement: "Whatever success was achieved during the December holiday period was due to the dedication of our traffic officers, police officers, and other members of our emergency services."
Reducing the number of road deaths was non-negotiable, said Ndebele.