Thousands Of Drivers Arrested This Festive Season

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As people travel around South Africa, whether it be to a holiday destination or simply going home, drivers are urged to be safe as this time of year is notorious for increased road accidents. 


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As people travel around South Africa, whether it be to a holiday destination or simply going home, drivers are urged to be safe as this time of year is notorious for increased road accidents.

In an effort to minimise the number of road deaths in South Africa, increased traffic officers are on the roads this festive season. This has begun to pay dividends as more than 2 600 drivers have already been arrested.

Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, raised concerns about the number of multiple-fatality road accidents where five or more people perished. The Minister presented the preliminary statistics which found that minibus taxis, light delivery vehicles and trucks contributed to most fatal crashes in South Africa.

Part of the efforts to make South Africa’s roads a safer place is ensuring that motor vehicles are roadworthy.

Mbalula said, “a total of 1561 vehicles were discontinued, 1820 Impounded, 2639 drivers were arrested for various Offenses ranging from drunk and driving to excessive speeding and operating vehicles without a driving license”.

The Minister revealed that one motorist was caught speeding at 225 km/h. This is 100km/h more than the road's speed limit of 120km/h.

In Gauteng, Traffic Police spokesperson, Sello Maremane revealed that 18 individuals are currently behind bars for excessive speeding. He adds that speeding is a major cause of fatal road accidents.

“All the drivers were formally charged with reckless and negligent driving, as well as exceeding the prescribed speed limit of 120km/h on a freeway. The drivers are expected to appear soon in various magistrate courts in Pretoria and Johannesburg, respectively, after they were granted a bail of R1 500 to R5 000,” concluded Maremane.

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