Several held on SA roads on Freedom Day

2013-04-27 17:00

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Johannesburg - Several people have been arrested for various traffic offences as the country marks Freedom Day, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Saturday.

RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail said in one incident, a man was caught driving 217 km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N1 near Mokopane, Limpopo.

"It is alleged that the suspect, 39, became abusive towards the officers when he was arrested. [He was] taken to the Mokopane police station where he will remain in custody until his appearance [in court] on Monday," said Ismail.

In the Eastern Cape, a 35-year-old man was arrested after he was caught driving at 207km/h in a 120km/h zone.

The Golf GTI driver was heading towards Port Elizabeth.

"It is alleged he [the driver] said that the car was so smooth that he did not realise it was travelling at such a high speed. [He] remains in custody until Monday," said Ismail.

In the Western Cape, two motorists were arrested for travelling at 188km/h and 173km/h in a 120km/h zone in Brackenfell.

Traffic officials also screened 543 motorists for alcohol.

"Seven drunk motorists were arrested," said Ismail.

He said seven people were killed and three injured in different accidents since Friday.

Two pedestrians were killed in road accidents.

On Friday evening, three people were killed and three others were injured when five vehicles collided on the N1 outside Polokwane, Limpopo.

"It is alleged that one of the vehicles had a tyre blow-out, lost control and crashed into on-coming and following vehicles," said Ismail.

Another two people died in a head-on collision on the R101 near Modimolle, in Limpopo on Friday evening.

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