RTI shows no mercy to rule breakers to keep roads safe

2015-12-29 09:51
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Pietermaritzburg - The number of drunk driving arrests in Pietermaritzburg has almost doubled this December compared to last year, according to statistics recorded by the KZN Transport Department.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the arrests were the result of an integrated clampdown on all traffic offences by the SA Police Services, RTI and municipal traffic police, which began on December 1.

The statistics released yesterday included charges laid and arrests made up to and including December 27.

“We welcome the increased arrests and charges as this will result in lower accident rates,” said Mngomezulu.

She said a similar increase in law enforcement was noted across the province.

The statistics for the Pietermaritzburg region reflect that 71 people were arrested for drunk driving between December 1 and 27 this year, compared to 37 arrests for the same period last year.

A total of 34 256 vehicles were stopped and checked at roadblocks in the Pietermaritzburg area this year, compared to 28 840 last year.

Mngomezulu said 6 748 written charges were issued (compared with 5 705 in 2014); 1 221 people were issued with speeding charges (990 in 2014), 92 vehicles were suspended (122 in 2014), 420 motorists were charged with driving without licences (377 in 2014), 488 faced the wrath of the law for not wearing seatbelts (457 last year) and 635 vehicles were found to be unlicensed (compared to 458 last year).

In addition, 20 drivers were charged for inconsiderate driving, and one vehicle was impounded for not having a permit. Meanwhile, a serious accident in the KwaDukuza area yesterday resulted in the deaths of four people.

RTI said the accident occurred on the R102 about 500 metres south of Kwa­Dukuza at about 4.30 am.

Officials found a bakkie belonging to Vulamehlo Melville Hospice which had overturned. Apparently the vehicle had been travelling from a festival at Blythedale Beach in KwaDukuza.

Mngomezulu said three people were declared dead at the scene and a fourth died in hospital. Their names were not released yesterday.

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