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More than 87 arrested for DUI

Traffic officials say alcohol has been one of the major causes of road deaths in the country.

Acting Transport Minister Ben Martins has given a stern warning to motorists who are driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

JOHANNESBURG - More than 87 drunk drivers have been arrested in Gauteng over the weekend.

Traffic officials say alcohol has been one of the major causes of road deaths in the country.

The death toll in South Africa this festive season is fast approaching the 900 mark.

On Sunday seven people were killed and 41 others injured in an accident involving an Iveco transport vehicle and a car on the N2 outside of Ermelo.

Both drivers were killed instantly.

The police's Busaphi Nxumalo says the suspects will appear in court tomorrow.

Acting Transport Minister Ben Martins says the data collected since the start of the festive season has indicated a worrying trend of people are driving drunk and dangerously.

Martins has given a stern warning to motorists who are driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

He says this is one of the highest forms of irresponsible behaviour by motorists.

The minister's spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso says motorists are ignoring traffic laws put in place for their own safety.

At the same time the organisation South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) believes far too few roadblocks are being held at this time of the year.

It's been revealed more than 1000 motorists have been nabbed for driving under the influence of alcohol in the Western Cape since the start of the festive season.

The organisation's Caro Smit says that the 87 arrests made in Gauteng this weekend are not enough.