Drunk: 142 drivers arrested over the weekend in KZN

2012-12-11 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL motorists don’t seem to be heeding the call to refrain from driving drunk these holidays.

One hundred and forty two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence across the province this past weekend alone, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison said yesterday.

Willies Mchunu, the MEC for the department, recently announced they would intensify their efforts to combat reckless and negligent driving.

The 142 people were arrested in various operations conducted in many parts of the province by the combined efforts of the Road Traffic Inspectorate, South African Police Service and various municipal enforcement officials.

The major contributors to the high number of offenders is Durban, Mpangeni and Jozini, with 54 people being arrested in Durban in a major operation on the M25 near kwaMashu.

Mchunu said he was pleased with the arrests and believes this is just a start. He said many more drunk drivers are yet to be arrested as traffic officials intensify their work.

“It is quite alarming to see that such large numbers of people were arrested during this weekend alone. I condemn those who disregard the rule of law by drinking and driving.” he said.

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