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Over 350 motorists arrested for drunk driving in JHB

Twenty-four others were arrested for speeding, including a motorcyclist, who was doing 213km per hour.

FILE: Johannesburg Metro Police Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar directs traffic during an Easter road safety operation in Alexandra. Picture: Vumani Mkhize.

JOHANNESBURG - Metro Police say 350 motorists have been arrested in Johannesburg over the long weekend, thus far, for drunken driving.

Twenty-four others were taken into custody for speeding, including one motorcyclist, who was caught doing 213 kilometres per hour.

The Metro Police's Wayne Minnaar says motorists must obey the rules of the road over the upcoming Easter long weekend.

"Motorists are reminded to exercise extra caution in order to help reduce road fatalities this long weekend."

IN THE WESTERN CAPE

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, at least 15 people have died on the roads since the start of the long weekend.

In the latest incident, two men from Wellington were killed when the car they had been driving in overturned near Paarl Mall and burst into flames.

Yesterday, seven people, including two children, also met a fiery death near Montagu after the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

Traffic chief Kenny Africa says although the high fatality rate is disturbing, authorities will continue with the 50-day Easter Safety campaign.

"We had two occupants who died this morning just outside Paarl, where the driver lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle burnt and the two occupants were killed in this accident."

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