'Nearly 2m stopped and checked this festive season'

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says over 6,000 motorists were arrested for drunken driving.

Integrated law enforcement operations were conducted throughout the festive season. Picture: SAPS @SAPoliceService.

PRETORIA - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says nearly two million vehicles were stopped and checked this festive season and police arrested more than 6,000 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

The minister released the festive season road death statistics in Pretoria today, which showed an increase of 14 percent from the previous year.

From the start of December to yesterday, 1,755 people were killed in 1,387 fatal crashes.

Peters says the road deaths statistics could have been far worse if the traffic authorities hadn't intensified their operations and visibility.

"We stopped and checked 1,7 million vehicles and arrested over 6,000 motorists for drunken driving and 808 people were arrested for excessive speeding."

The minister says nearly half of all deadly crashes involved passenger vehicles.

"The small vehicles accounted for 47,9 percent of total crashes this season."

KwaZulu-Natal is the only province that recorded a decrease in the number of road deaths.

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