Thousands of drivers arrested for drink and driving


Zodidi Mhlana

A total of 2247 drivers  were nabbed for being over the alcohol limit with the majority of those arrested in Gauteng during the festive season according to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

The Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane said that traffic law enforcement authorities were ready to deal with high volumes of traffic during the weekend.

“More than 105 000 drivers were tested for alcohol and 2247 drivers were arrested for having alcohol blood content above the legal limit. The highest number of arrested drunk drivers were in Gauteng, followed by Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. Around the clock law enforcement operations are continuing this weekend and will remain in place until the re-opening of schools,” he said.

Zwane said that they were concerned about the number of pedestrians who have been killed since the start of the festive season. “The figure of pedestrians killed is very high and alcohol is one of the contributing factors, “he said.

He said that two taxi drivers were arrested for trying to bribe traffic offices in Limpopo, while one was arrested  in the Eastern Cape.

Zwane said that over 46 000 drivers were fined for speeding, with 15 538 fined for driving without licenses, while 14 174 drivers were fined for driving unlicensed vehicles.

“More than 924 000 vehicles have been stopped and checked at various roadblocks since the start of festive season law enforcement operations throughout the country. Most of the vehicles were stopped in Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape,” he said.

Zwane said more than 13 000 drivers were issued with fines for failing to fasten seatbelts and 5 388 drivers were fined for overloading of goods.