Your days are numbered, drunk drivers told

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Johannesburg - Drunk drivers will face the full might of the law and could land up behind bars, Transport Acting Minister Dikobe Benedict Martins said on Sunday.

"We are warning you: Your days are numbered and it won't be long before your misbehaviour catches up with you," he said in a statement.

Data captured over the festive season indicated that a lot of people were being arrested for drinking and driving.

"This has to be one of the highest forms of irresponsible behaviour by motorists."

87 arrested in Gauteng

Earlier, Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said 87 drunk drivers were arrested in the province between Friday and Sunday

They would be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol when they appeared in various courts on Monday, she said in a statement.

She said the operation to arrest drunk drivers was continuing.

Pedestrians

Martins also urged pedestrians not to drink and jay walk, and said about 40% of road deaths in the country a year were pedestrians.

He said people needed to understand they could be criminally prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Martins said a court recently found that alcohol was a contributing factor in an accident in which five runners died when they were hit by a Midrand man. He had since been sentenced to 12 years in prison for culpable homicide.

"The convicted driver, who was said to be a successful engineer in court records, now faces a lengthy period behind bars away from his family and friends, a criminal record and living with the knowledge of having caused five deaths.

"Is it really worth it?" Martins asked.

- SAPA

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