Drunk driving crackdown nets 20 000

2011-10-17 22:46

Johannesburg - Almost 20 000 drunk drivers have been arrested in South Africa in the past 11 months, the transport ministry said on Monday.

"From October 2010 to September, 19 780 drunk drivers have been arrested," said spokesperson Logan Maistry.

Six hundred of those drivers were sentenced in the Western Cape alone.

"Forty-seven were sentenced to prison without the option of paying fines or serving another type of sentence," Maistry said.

One was jailed for four years, six for three years and the remaining 40 for between six months and two-and-a-half years.

"A further 12 had their licences cancelled."

Maistry said about 14 million vehicles and drivers had been stopped and checked in the past 11 months.

From August 31 to October 9, more than 300 000 public transport vehicles were stopped and checked, with 1 111 minibuses, 653 buses and 355 trucks taken out of service.

On Thursday and Friday, almost 60 public transport buses were removed from service in Gauteng and North West during raids at various bus depots.

"This is part of the pre-December holiday clean-up operation," Maistry said.

Another 125 drivers who failed to pay their traffic fines and did not contest the fines in court were arrested on the East Rand last week.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele reiterated that road users who disobeyed the rules of the road would face the consequences of their actions.

"The carnage on our roads must be stopped," Ndebele said.

  • Adam - 2011-10-17 22:54

    Wow, thats an average of 60 a day throughout the entire SA

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-10-18 06:50

      I wonder if this figure includes the spot fines for drinking and driving that SAPS in our town does at drinking spots after 12 pm ( Not that I complaining those guys who drink and drive should pay) I laught when they tell me about their spot fines(Bribes) Dont drink and drive that is the rule. Rather smoke and fly!!

  • Bill - 2011-10-17 23:30

    Why do we listen to these lie statistics…!!! When these people make these claims do they not stop to think about the rationality of what they are claiming?? I mean for crying in a bucket, 14,000,000 cars checked in 11 months…! That is 1,272,272 vehicles a month…! In a 30 day month that is 42,424 per day, which equates to checking 1,767 vehicles per hour or in layman’s terms 29 vehicles per second…! 24 hours a day! Please, Anyone with half a brain would realise that this is impossible…! This is one seriously deranged country when it comes to our authorities brain power…!

      barry.mcbride - 2011-10-18 00:59

      I'm glad you picked that stupidity up! What about "Six hundred of those drivers were sentenced in the Western Cape alone." They must mean six thousand and not six hundred because "19 780 drunk drivers have been arrested". This must be the worst article by news24 ever!

      Juan - 2011-10-18 01:45

      Uhhh bill that is 29 vehicles per minute, not per second, or 1 vehicle every 2 seconds. Maybe it is possible if our national combined police force is doing their jobs. Drunk drivers taken off the streets en masse, well that works for me, well done to the authorities

      Breinlekkasie - 2011-10-18 06:53

      Sadly the government focuses on speeding and drinking and driving as the major cause of deaths on our road, however their own statistics pushed on Arrive Alive’s website shows that jay-walking are the greatest cause of deaths on South African roads. Interesting how the stats are manipulated.

      Chris - 2011-10-18 07:06

      Actually Bill, this is possible if you consider that the check happens across 9 provinces.

  • Shalin - 2011-10-17 23:43

    Please STOP grouping minibus taxis together with public transport. They belong to private organisations, and are meant to be paying tax.

      Chris - 2011-10-18 07:46

      Public transport means they transport the public regardless of the fact that they are owned by private individuals. Like all buses owned privately but used to transport the public.

  • Namhla - 2011-10-17 23:46

    Interestingly, there are no numbers on how many unlawful arrests police have made during this 'crackdown', and how many innocent civilians have suffered verbal and physical abuse at the hands of police, while being stopped or arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.Some being held in custody for at least 2 nights without being charged,breathalised, or having any blood drawn! Please, I am NOT impressed by these so-called statistics! How about we hear the WHOLE truth.Police are not heroes here.Not by a long shot!

  • markwmilligan - 2011-10-18 05:51

    that's alot of drunk drivers. Scary!!!

      mike.vanzyl1 - 2011-10-18 08:03

      No, not drunk, but over the "legal limit", which in this country is ridiculously low. For years it used to be 0,08 and was then reduced to 0,05. Rather make it 0,10 and we will have far fewer "criminals". The authorities like roadblocks because it is something they can do, and it gives them the feeling that they really did "some work".

  • domenic.botha - 2011-10-18 05:54

    ...and after stopping 29 vehicles per minute they still find the time to beat up a few motorists, geee they really know how to schedule there day!

  • Michael - 2011-10-18 06:10

    Another stunning triumph for law enforcement and yet Jacob Zuma remains a free man ;)

  • TheRock - 2011-10-18 06:12

    What happened to that Robert Mcbride cockroach from the Metro Police with his drunken driving charges? Is he in jail?

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-18 06:51

    what happens to the vehicles taken out of service...are they all stored at scrapyards...

  • Howard - 2011-10-18 06:56

    19 780 arrested for drink driving - 600 (3%) convicted so far. Anyone else have a problem with that? And what about those stats coming only from the Western Cape? Let's hear the whole story Maistry. If drink driving was taken seriously, there would be 19 780 arrests and 19 780 convictions. It's no good just arresting people. What counts is how many charges are made to stick! We have got to get drink/drug drivers off the road!

      Chris - 2011-10-18 07:50

      Actually they were all convicted but the report is just highlighting those who got severe punishments as opposed to just "admission of guilt fines"

  • dhuysamen1 - 2011-10-18 07:45

    And how do these figures compare with those for murder, rape and robbery for example ? How many murderers, rapists and robbers did our brave foolish force arrest over the same period or is that too dangerous. Make it even easier for yourselves. You can each log up to 2 000 arrests for skipping stop streets every day. This has the same effect of keeping the rate of accidents down and is much safer. You just have to pick a nice shady spot and take turns stopping the transgressors. This is what I call EASY MONEY.

  • rknowler - 2011-10-18 08:10

    I really like good news stories but I heard that they are having issues with the blood tests and they have all been thrown out of court due to being really poor, so what's the point in arresting all these people when your conviction rate is so low? need to get standards up.

  • Chris - 2011-10-18 08:26

    That should be 1 400 000. There were only 9 500 000 vehicles registered in South Africa in September 2009.Even if some drivers were stopped twice There is no hope in hell that it could reach 14 000 000

  • jacques.steffen - 2011-10-18 08:32

    Geewizzz, the way most people drive nowadays implies that almost everybody is drunk?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-18 08:47

    O come on people. A few years back they were not even close to these figures. Yes, we know the methods are not the best. There is too many abuse cases and we know they must improve a lot, but does that mean we must always be negative and run any effort down. Rather applaud them and inspire them to better. Suggest ways to improve it with motivation behind it. We all know it is far from what it should be, but what have you done lately to improve it from your side. Do you not know that praising and helping create even better results. Do you want it like it was a few years ago or are you going to take this opportunity by thanking them, but make it clear that you only see this as a start and offer your assistance by suggestions? Why always negative when somethings, how small, start happening for the better. It seams that we expect a police force to keep our own moral standards high.

  • Hugh - 2011-10-18 09:02

    If this happend then well and good. To save lives a crackdown is needed. Speed does not kill. Bad driving, unroadworthy traffic and drink are the biggest killers.

  • Collen - 2011-10-18 09:07

    Two weeks ago, I was driving back to my place when a man in his mid 30s smashed into the back of my car. He was arrested that same night after I gave him a chase when he tried to run away in his KIA workhorse (half-truck). Guess what, he was drunk on a Sunday afternoon and was release the following day! How ridiculous!!! He works for David, a White man who owns DMR Office Furniture in Randfontein and they refuse to fix my car. My car is not even a year old, i bought it brand new! They are all crooks. They giving me a run around all the time. The SAPS doesn't even help! Sies!!!!!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-18 09:21

      Take him to the small claim court. I am not sure what the limit is, but I know it was raised. Just maybe they have enough authority to judge on that amount. It is free. You can present your own case. If not tweet @helenzille on twitter or send her a mail and ask for help. I see on twitter she help/connect people on issues like that to the right people that can help you in return. It is nonsense that people can get away because we are hard working people who do not have extra money for lawyers. Good luck!!!

      Dorothea - 2011-10-18 09:54

      Collen, Please explain why you need to mention that David is a white man? And you drive a new car without insurance - this is your second mistake

      Collen - 2011-10-18 13:31

      Thanks Du ToitCoetzee. I was advised to do that. @Dorothea, the situation so complex BUT one day you will be in my shoes and sure it will be sweet of me to return those words.....AND FYI I have insurance, I just don't want to let mafakas get away with this---- us the innocent people always receive the pain. By the way, I had a misconception that all white people were fair (hence I mentioned David) and he's just like you Dorothea!

  • Amanda - 2011-12-17 10:23

    How much higher would the number be if so many traffic officers didn't spend their days skulking behind trees with speed cameras?

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