13 000 arrested over festive season

2012-01-19 20:06

Johannesburg - More than 13 000 motorists were arrested over the festive season, the transport department said on Thursday.

The 13 439 drivers were arrested between December 1 and January 8, said Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele's spokesperson Logan Maistry.

A total of 2 492 were arrested for drunk driving, 162 for reckless and negligent driving, 314 for excessive speeding, 9 222 for outstanding warrants, 635 for not possessing the correct permits, 50 for fake documentation, 117 for not having a driving licence, and 447 for other offences.

"During the same period, more than 1.5 million vehicles and drivers were checked, 526 735 fines issued for various traffic offences, and 6 084 un-roadworthy vehicles discontinued from use," said Maistry.

Between September and November, over 3 500 public transport and freight drivers were arrested.

From October 2010 to October 2011, 6.28 million fines were issued, 21 575 drunk drivers arrested, and 60 313 un-roadworthy vehicles pulled off the roads.

Road deaths dropped by 75% in the festive season on the N3 between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Eight people were killed on the 415km stretch of highway between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal.

Thirty two people died on the same stretch of road over a similar period the year before.

Ndebele commended emergency services for their work over the festive season.

He said in a statement: "Whatever success was achieved during the December holiday period was due to the dedication of our traffic officers, police officers, and other members of our emergency services."

Reducing the number of road deaths was non-negotiable, said Ndebele.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-19 20:12

    And today a taxi driver wrote off my husband's car - so all I can say to the traffic department - you missed one.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 20:29

      So where are the 60 000+ unroadworthy vehicles that were pulled off the road now? Back on the road of course.

      Sharon - 2012-01-20 16:15

      Awww thanks for asking, he is sore, but fine - has the word "airbag" burnt into is arm in reverse, though!!

  • Bryan - 2012-01-19 20:26

    Wow, that is actually alot of people. Lol

  • joeballito - 2012-01-19 20:27

    Would love to know the percentages.......Dont ask me which,use your imagination.

  • hellopat - 2012-01-19 20:55

    One of the idea's is to drop the speed limit, I have a better one fix the potholes in the alternative roads

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-19 21:24

    Eish, Black people

      madsipho - 2012-01-20 10:43

      Eish ANC supporters!

  • ian.rundle1 - 2012-01-20 09:07

    It was a good haul BUT Not addressing the real problem I am afraid. Why only 162 for "reckless and negligent driving". That is NOT even a days work in a country where 2-3 vehicles go throughg read lights every time, where taxi barge their way across traffic streams, where blocking the road and sitting there without regards for others is the norm, where every day taxis and trucks and ?? overtake on white lines, force their way in to traffic flows, carry too many people etc.

      ian.rundle1 - 2012-01-20 09:08

      Pardon the many typos

  • Renier - 2012-01-20 10:27

    Well done! It is something very positive for a change. Now we just need to see more of the same action throughout the year.

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