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200 drunk drivers nabbed in Gauteng

2012-09-30 20:26

Johannesburg - Over 200 motorists were arrested for drinking and driving on Gauteng's roads over the weekend, the provincial traffic police said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said the drivers would appear in various courts on Monday.

She said this was just the start of making the provinces roads safer ahead of the festive season.

"We are going to make sure that our roads are safe and reduce accidents by arresting motorists that are found to be intoxicated."

Comments
  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-09-30 20:40

    Keep it up. Its about time such people face the full might of the law for their reckless behaviour. Too many lives have been lost due to alcohol, and yet dagga is still banned??? Legalise it.

  • Mike Peach - 2012-09-30 20:43

    Are they not able to catch real criminals.

      eidel.bock - 2012-09-30 21:36

      If you break the law, you are a criminal. Does not matter how seriouse your actions are.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-30 21:56

      @peach the real drunk criminal that killed a Mate his wife and 4 year old boy needed to hang for murder yet his slick snake lawyer got him off both hopefully will burn in hell. The problem is people like you that treat this as a joke so don't cry when you have to cross that bridge.

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-10-01 08:49

      Mike, you sound like a guy that drinks and drive? Do you?

      arie.vdplaats.3 - 2012-12-11 08:32

      Mike, Drunk drivers ARE REAL criminals because they unnecessarily endanger the lives of other road users. these criminal just fit into a different category of criminality, BUT they ARE and will REMAIN real criminals.

      george.frangs - 2013-01-04 08:24

      Wow Mike, you're quite the retard.

  • andre.krige - 2012-09-30 21:12

    What is the definition of a real criminal Mike ?

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-09-30 21:34

    ...and not one of these "over 200 people" will face the full penalty of what the law allows, yet government wants to lower the alcohol level to combat drinking and driving!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-01 09:11

      I agree that lowering the alcohol limit is total stupidity, the legal system will be clogged up processing people who have had a drink or two instead of focusing on the real problem which is drivers who way over the limit and are the big danger.

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-30 21:37

    Charge them all with attempted manslaughter, how many times do you need to tell these people not to drive whilst intoxicated. If you get drunk behind the wheel of a car you KNOW you can kill somebody.

      desmond.drake.1 - 2012-10-01 08:10

      The same applies if you are sober. You know you can kill somone when you get behind the wheel. DONT DRIVE.

      sarel.brits - 2012-10-01 08:27

      @desmond.drake.1 true a accident can happen anytime. But you argument suck if your sober you have a better chance of avoiding accidents.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-01 05:17

    Good people need to start taking responsibility for their actions and drunk drivers in acidents should get harsher penatlies... Like Murder instead of calpable homecide. Watch these drunks sober up!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-01 07:38

    For once you seem to be doing your job instead of hiding behind a bush with a camera. I'd like to see a survey to establish how many of these bush camera operators are actually qualified to operate a fairly intricate piece of equipment. Someone please do it and expose these hiding fools. They must get out there and catch taxis and drunks.

  • jason.slabber.3 - 2012-10-01 09:24

    "We are going to make sure that our roads are safe and reduce accidents"...I'll believe that when I see more unroadworthy vehicles getting pulled off, more taxis getting ticketed for driving in the emergency lane or the curb to get past slow traffic, stronger control on skipping red traffic lights, (which I've noticed lately has become a bit of a trend...wait 2 seconds, look left look right, and then cross the red light) when I see the SAPS ACTUALLY doing something about the blatant disregard for road signs, like compulsory turning lanes, barrier lines, Stop/Yield signs etc, the contravention of which, we all witness DAILY. When I see proper law enforcement of learner drivers driving WITHOUT a licensed driver, (these you can see a mile away, another one becoming a trend...one, in a brand new red Audi A4, nearly drove into my on the weekend). If you want to make the roads safer for all using them, Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo, by fining intoxicated driver, that’s fine by me, but please, please pay an equal amount of effort, time and my tax money stopping, fining or removing ALL drivers that contravene SA Road Law. You want a pat on the back for stopping 200 drunk drivers? How many accidents happened while your forces were hard at work breathalizing those drivers, HOW MANY?

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-10-01 10:37

    Take away their licence and car. That will soon teach them. Oh and throw them in jail too. That way they can't hurt anyone.

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