‘Number of motorists breaking rules has increased drastically’
Since the beginning of December, more than 1,000 motorists have been arrested for driving under the influence.
JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says the number of people arrested for breaking the rules of the road has increased drastically this year.
It says since the beginning of the month almost 500,000 vehicles have been stopped and checked during road blocks nationwide.
The RTMC's Simon Zwane says they will continue to work closely with traffic departments across the country to ensure all motorists are safe.
"We are working with municipalities and provincial departments throughout the country in our roadblocks on all major routes that started on 1 December. We will continue with those operations until the second week of January."
He says since the beginning of the month, 86,000 drivers have been tested for alcohol use and more than a thousand motorists have been arrested for driving under the influence.
"We also arrested a number of people for overloading, and suspended more than 1,000 vehicles. We are urging people to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol."
Zwane says they are taking a zero-tolerance approach.