600 motorists arrested since beginning of December

2015-12-13 20:31


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Pretoria - About 600 drivers have been arrested and more than 165 000 cars stopped nationally since the start of the festive season as traffic officials increase visibility.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Sunday said officials have been focusing on unroadworthy vehicles and drunken drivers.

"More than 165 600 vehicles have been stopped and checked since the start of the festive season on December 1. Close to 10 000 were screened for alcohol use while 194 were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol," RTMC said in a statement.

"Law enforcement officers have also been focusing on unroadworthy vehicles. More than 3000 vehicles were impounded and 336 were suspended. About 600 drivers were arrested for various offences including overloading [239], speeding [18] and other offences [349]."

Among those arrested was a person in the Free State travelling at 211km/h in a 120km/h zone. The RTMC said law enforcement officers have been deployed in all major routes and residential areas in an effort to reduce road carnage.

"Motorists and all road users are reminded that they have an equal responsibility to save lives on the roads," said the statement.

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