Drink and drive at your peril, traffic cops warn

2015-12-31 12:15
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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal's traffic cops are gearing up for a busy night on Thursday as people see out the old year, and have warned that those who flout the law will pay the price. 

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said that people who drink and drive did so at their peril. 

"We don’t want to leave a single stone unturned when it comes to enforcing the law, and tonight is no different. Our men and women will be out in force and this is all part of our festive season plan which culminates on the January 15," she said. 

"We have made it to encompass the return of people to school and factories closing. We are pulling out all the stops," she added. 

Mngomezulu said that officers had stopped nearly 200 000 cars since the beginning of the season and the following charges had been laid: 

• Drunken driving: 428
• Speeding with no admission of guilt: 38
• Driving without a licence: 3 783
• Not wearing a seatbelt: 6 637
• Unlicenced vehicles: 3 687
• Unroadworthy vehicles: 969 

In the Western Cape, a driver was caught speeding at 180 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N2 in the George service area on October 28 was among the 15 arrested on Western Cape roads this week. 

Transport department spokesperson Byron la Hoe said that officers would not be swayed from enforcing the law. 

"Provincial Traffic Services have been working around the clock to help create safer, booze-free roads. Officers do not hesitate to arrest drivers if they are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs. Drunk drivers put their own lives and those of their passengers in danger, as well as the lives of other road users."

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