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Authorities clamp down on drunk drivers

Nearly 100 motorists have been arrested for drunk driving in Gauteng in the last 24 hours.

Nearly 100 motorists have been arrested for drunk driving in Gauteng in the last 24 hours.

JOHANNESBURG - Close to 100 motorists have been arrested for drunk driving in Gauteng over the past 24 hours.

The Department of Community Safety is warning these numbers are likely to increase as operations continue this week.

Holiday makers are returning to the province after the festive break, with heavy traffic volumes recorded around major routes.

These include the N3 Northbound from KwaZulu-Natal, the N1 between Polokwane and Pretoria and the N1 between Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.

Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson Obed Sibasa has called for caution and patience on these routes.

"We're urging pedestrians to avoid walking alone or crossing freeways. We're appealing to motorists to comply and arrive alive."

At the same time concerns have been raised about the low rate of convictions of drunk drivers.

The Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that at some police stations in KwaZulu-Natal the conviction rate is as low as seven percent, with only 111 people being found guilty of drunk driving after nearly 1,500 arrests.