Sat. May 25th, 2019

312 drunk drivers arrested over the Easter weekend

Breathalyzer testA shocking 312 drunk drivers were arrested over the Easter Weekend according to figures provided by the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

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The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) have reported that in excess of 500 arrests were made in relation to traffic offenses over the Easter Weekend including 312 drunk drivers.

A total of 549 drivers, over half of which were drunk drivers, were arrested for various traffic offences during the course of the Easter holiday.

A reckless motorist in Gauteng clocked the fastest recorded case of speeding over the weekend. The speedster was caught doing 196 kmph on the N14 Highway.

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Joint operations between the SAPS, Traffic Police and Metro Police forces saw 79 roadblocks set up over the weekend. The Easter Weekend saw more than 60,000 traffic fines issued.

“Provincial traffic authorities and the SAPS set up 79 roadblocks across the country, issuing more than 65 000 traffic fines,” said RTMC in a statement.

“Most fines were for speeding, driving without licences, driving unlicensed vehicles, failure to wear safety belts and driving unroadworthy vehicles. Traffic authorities are now gearing themselves upon for another upsurge in traffic volumes when travellers return from different places of pilgrimage and holiday spots on Monday. The roads were extremely busy on Thursday and Friday when motorist set on their long distance trips.”

Massive volumes of long distance traffic occur every Easter as holiday makers head to the coast while others make journeys that are of religious import.

Members of the Church of Zion engage in a mass pilgrimage to Moira in Polokwane. More than 50,000 vehicles were recorded travelling along the N1 between Gauteng and Limpopo on Thursday alone.

“A total of 92,629 vehicles passed through tollgates between Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal at the start of the holiday on Thursday. At least 51,647 were recorded along the N1 between Gauteng and Limpopo on the same day. Thousands of Zion Christian Church members made their way to Moria, outside Polokwane, for the annual Easter pilgrimage. No incidents have been reported around Moria,” RTMC added.

Drivers are urged to make regular stops when driving long distances and reminded that the rules of the road are to ensure the safety of all who use our roads.

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