200 motorists held in holiday blitz

2011-12-07 21:53

Johannesburg - More than 200 drivers were arrested over the past week as December holiday law enforcement operations began, the transport department said on Wednesday.

"From 28 November to 4 December, 220 motorists were arrested across the country including 150 for drunk driving," said spokesperson Logan Maistry.

In the same period, 128 762 vehicles and drivers were checked, 21 383 fines were issued for traffic offences and 802 unroadworthy vehicles were scrapped from use.

"We call upon all road users to be part of obeying road rules... Our law enforcement officers are out in full force to ensure safe roads," he said.

The department urged people to join hands it as friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

"Road safety is everybody's responsibility," said Maistry.

He said that in the past three months, more than 3 500 public transport and freight drivers had been arrested following Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele's instruction that every bus and taxi be stopped and checked.

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