IN light of Women’s Month, female Pietermaritzburg SAPS police officers conducted weekend operations from Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13, resulting in the arrest of 54 people for various offences.Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said 22 were arrested for drunk driving.“Since it is such a serious offence, they were detained and the necessary processes will follow,” he said.Ngobese said 17 people were arrested for being in possession of drugs and 15 were arrested for being illegal immigrants.The MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda applauded the women for the multidisciplinary roadblocks they conducted.The roadblocks were set up in different parts of Pietermaritzburg, including in R56 Fox Hill and the M70, Edendale.The team performed vehicle roadworthiness checks, checking tyres, oil leaks, steering wheels and having proper documentation, including driver and vehicle licences. Passengers were also inspected to check if they were legal immigrants. “These road blocks yielded great results. We are proud of the good work by our female traffic officers, imbokodo. We have heightened our operation this month and female traffic officers are in the forefront. “The number of arrests secured this week is an indication that we have capable female traffic officers who are willing to go beyond the call of duty to save the lives of innocent people on the road. “As a department, we have made serious strides in promoting women empowerment across different areas of competence, including law enforcement and traffic management,” Kaunda said. - Supplied.