Nearly four million cars stopped
Johannesburg - Almost four million cars have been stopped and checked and more than 1.5 million traffic fines issues across South Africa since October 1 2010, the ministry of transport said on Tuesday.
"More than 20 000 unroadworthy vehicles, including several buses and minibus taxis, were discontinued from use," said ministerial spokesperson Logan Maistry.
He said that since the beginning of the month, close to one million vehicles and drivers had been stopped and checked and thousands of traffic fines issued.
"More than 1 500 drunk drivers were arrested. Other arrests related to stolen vehicles, unlicensed firearms, possession of dagga, overloaded taxis and buses, taxis and buses without the necessary permits as well as excessive speed."
On Monday, a motorist was arrested near Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal for travelling at 210km/h. He has since appeared in court.
"In the Eastern Cape, traffic officials have arrested an average of seven drunk drivers every day since 1 December 2010," Maistry said.