Drunk driving: 285 Maritzburg motorists held

2010-01-04 00:00

AT least 285 drivers from Pietermaritzburg were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol during the festive season. This emerged from statistics released by the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) related to road offences committed in December.

KwaZulu-Natal RTI officials stopped and searched a total of 223 800 vehicles, and 42 079 people were charged with various road offences.

The Transport Department reported that a total of 773 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in KZN, 7 508 people were charged with speeding after they were detected by speed cameras and 60 people were arrested for speeding.

Other statistics included 850 people driving suspended vehicles, 3 316 people caught for driving without a licence, 2 506 caught for not wearing a seatbelt and 2 248 picked up for driving unlicensed motor vehicles.

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