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Gauteng tops drunk driving offences since start of the festive season

19 December 2016 10:10 AM
Traffic authorities have arrested more than 3 000 people for various traffic offences, with drunk driving as the leading offence.

Over 3 000 motorists have been arrested for driving under the influence since the start of the festive season, with Gauteng leading in the number of offences.

In response to the issue, the Department of Roads and Transport has intensified efforts to nab irresponsible drivers in accordance with the higher number of traffic over the December and January period.

We communicate messages about road safety, adherence and compliance to the rules and regulations yet people continue to behave like maniacs on our roads.

Dipuo Peters, Minister of Roads and Transport

702's Bruce Whitfield spoke to Minister Dipuo Peters about how she intends to address the matter.

She said that the challenge continues to be motorists behavioural patterns and their refusal to abide by the rule of law.

There's an indication that more than 3 000 people were arrested for drunk driving, speeding and for reckless and negligent driving.

Dipuo Peters, Minister of Roads and Transport

She said processes were underway with the Department of Health and Department of Trade and Industry to limit the availability of alcohol to consumers as motorists flouted the laws despite the 258 roadblocks put in place across the country.

More than 10 000 drivers were given notices for failing to put on their seat belts... More than 1426 people were given notices for speaking on their cellphones while driving.

Dipuo Peters, Minister of Roads and Transport

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Layton Beard from Automobile Association of South Africa said motorists should try to remain patient when lawless drivers put their lives in danger.

He said it was unfair to blame government for road fatalities as the decision to be responsible remained with the peson behind the wheel.

As motorists in South Africa we have to admit that we do have extremely bad attitutudes on the road.

Layton Beard, AA South Africa

19 December 2016 10:10 AM