Drunk driving figures lower in JHB, but remains a concern

Over 500 people have been arrested for drunk driving in Johannesburg over the festive season.

FILE: People driving under the influence of alcohol remains a major problem on South African Roads. Picture: Twitter @tbotouch67.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says JMPD officials have arrested more than 500 people on drunk driving charges this festive season.

The City says people driving under the influence of alcohol remains a major problem.

However, this figure is lower than the number of people arrested for drunk driving over the same period last year.

The City's spokesperson Virgil James says, "It is not good enough that we continue to experience problems with motorists drinking and driving. Most of the time it results in fatal accidents."

Meanwhile, more than 1,500 motorists have been arrested nationally for driving under the influence of alcohol since 1 December.

Over the Christmas weekend, more than 1,000 drivers were tested at 26 'alcohol blitz roadblocks' across the Western Cape, where 58 arrests were made.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says South Africa has the highest number of drunk driving incidents in the world, with 58 percent of road deaths linked to liquor.