200 motorists held in holiday blitz

2011-12-07 21:53

Johannesburg - More than 200 drivers were arrested over the past week as December holiday law enforcement operations began, the transport department said on Wednesday.

"From 28 November to 4 December, 220 motorists were arrested across the country including 150 for drunk driving," said spokesperson Logan Maistry.

In the same period, 128 762 vehicles and drivers were checked, 21 383 fines were issued for traffic offences and 802 unroadworthy vehicles were scrapped from use.

"We call upon all road users to be part of obeying road rules... Our law enforcement officers are out in full force to ensure safe roads," he said.

The department urged people to join hands it as friends of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

"Road safety is everybody's responsibility," said Maistry.

He said that in the past three months, more than 3 500 public transport and freight drivers had been arrested following Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele's instruction that every bus and taxi be stopped and checked.

  • David Skea - 2011-12-07 23:02

    Great work - keep it up

  • Dorothea - 2011-12-07 23:43

    we need loads more of this - perhaps tragedies like jub jub murdering 5 children can then be avoided.

  • Sattva - 2011-12-08 06:56

    Fantastic !

  • Missionman - 2011-12-08 07:45

    Great stuff - unroad worthy vehicles and drunken driving are the biggest contributor to road fatalities combined with speed. The name and shame priciple should be applied and these offences should become taboo in our society with harsher penalties.

  • Werner - 2011-12-08 08:06

    Was stopped over the weekend for a breathalyzer test. If it means we're pulling reckless/inconsiderate drivers from the road, I'm all too happy to co-operate. PS. I passed :P

  • geoffrey.lydall - 2011-12-08 09:19

    So they mean 21 383 speeding fines? DoT Claims: 1 in 1000 drivers are drunk. 6 in 1000 vehicles were unroadworthy. 1 in 6 people were speeding (assuming, because its easy, they only fine for speed offences - as opposed to poor following distance and reckless driving). I don't know what anyone else thinks, but the drunk driver and unroadworthy vehicle count seems low. Oh, and despite the intense "clamp down" on speed 1 in 6 STILL speed.

  • Gideon - 2011-12-08 10:44

    Yes it is great to see only 200 people arrested in a South Africa where we have a population of how many? Pity this can't be a all round operation...

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:22

      Do you mean all year round ?

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