Over 250 arrested in Easter roads blitz

2011-04-26 00:00

THOUSANDS of motorists had a less than happy Easter when they were fined for various traffic violations between Thursday, April 21 and Sunday, April 24.

The crackdown by law enforcement officers was part of the Department of Transport’s national rolling enforcement plan (NREP).

The plan aims to make a meaningful impact on road accidents and deaths, in line with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which will be officially launched worldwide on May 11.

In a statement, the Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, said that more than 250 arrests had been made over the Easter weekend.

Offences included drinking and driving, reckless and/or negligent driving, as well as having invalid or false public transport documentation.

Particular attention was given to vehicle roadworthiness, public passenger transport vehicles, people driving at speeds too high for the circumstances, driving under the influence of alcohol and moving violations.

Ndebele added, “Law enforcement officers have been instructed to make sure that those who commit any offence face the consequences of their actions. As part of the Arrive Alive-Make Roads Safe campaign, officers will continue to be out in full force in accordance with the NREP.”

Meanwhile, traffic volumes along the N3 (Durban to Johannesburg) were lower than expected yesterday, with a peak of 1 570 vehicles being recorded going through the Mariannhill toll plaza at 10 am yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu attributed the slowdown to more holidaymakers choosing to extend their holiday break at the coast by taking today off.

She added, “We believe traffic volumes on the 27th [Wednesday] will be very high.”

High traffic volumes are also expected during the forthcoming long weekend.

“Motorists are also urged to drive with their headlights on at all times and to take regular breaks. Pedestrians must ensure that they are visible in the dark, do not drink and walk, jaywalk or walk on freeways,” Ndebele said.

His words came as the Road Traffic Management Corporation released preliminary figures showing that more than 100 people were killed in road accidents between April 22 and April 24.

Among them were eight people who lost their lives yesterday when the driver of a Golf collided with a bakkie, which had broken down and was being pushed by the occupants, in the Free State.

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