RTMC: More women arrested for driving under the influence

Passenger fatalities have decreased but the RTMC is concerned over increased drunk driving incidents.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says although its statistics show a decrease in the number of passengers killed in car accidents on South African roads, it is still concerned about the drunk driving figures, following the arrests of 688 motorists over the long weekend in Johannesburg alone.

Traffic volumes are expected to pick up as thousands make their way to religious gatherings and holiday destinations over the Easter long weekend.

Last year, 333 people died on the roads over the Easter period compared to 229 the previous year.

The RTMC's Simon Zwane says officials are seeing an increase in the number of female drivers being arrested for drunk driving.

"What is worrying about that number is that about 10 percent of it would be women who were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. It's a worrisome statistic."