8,507 motorists arrested during January
A total 8,507 motorists were arrested for various traffic
infringements including drunk driving and exceeding the speed
This was part of the National Rolling Enforcement Plan (NREP) and
million-a-month vehicle check announced by Transport Minister
Sibusiso Ndebele on 10 September 2010.
Two mini-bus taxi drivers were arrested over the week-end for
travelling at excessive speeds. Both drivers were arrested
yesterday on the N2 near the Tongaat River Bridge in KwaZulu-Natal
for travelling at 141km/h and 151km/h respectively in a 120km/h
zone. The maximum permissible speed for a mini-bus taxi is 100km/h.
Both drivers were detained at the local police cells, and are
expected to appear in court tomorrow
Meanwhile, as part of the National Rolling Enforcement Plan (NREP)
and million-a-month vehicle check announced by Transport Minister
Sibusiso Ndebele on 10 September 2010, more than 8,500 drivers have
been arrested across the country during the first month of
During January 2012, 8,507 motorists were arrested including 1,762
for drinking and driving, 84 for reckless and/or negligent driving,
215 for excessive speed, 206 for goods overloading, 4,572 for
outstanding warrants of arrest, 220 for not being in possession of
valid public transport permits, 54 for false documentation, 97 for
not being in possession of a valid driving licence and 1,297 for
various other offences.
During the same period, 1,223,100 vehicles and drivers were
checked, and 484,476 fines issued for various offences including
33,724 for failing to wear front seatbelts and 1,274 for failing to
wear rear seatbelts. 4,710 vehicles were discontinued from use, and
26 vehicles impounded.
Minister Ndebele said: "We want 2012 to be the year of action for
safer roads. Those who are turning our roads into killing fields
must be isolated and exposed for their deeds are not only a danger
to themselves, but pose a real threat to the sustainability of
We want drunk drivers, reckless and negligent drivers and
inconsiderate drivers to have their actions disowned by their own
families and friends for their destructive ways are deadly!
"People must value life! It cannot be considered normal that every
month we count no less than one thousand soul-less bodies due to
road crashes, most of which could have been avoided.
Coupled with intensified and uncompromising law enforcement,
accompanied by harsher sanctions, we want to drive social conduct
change programmes that would have as their primary objective to
speak to the human beings behind the drivers of these vehicles we
see on our roads daily," said the Minister.
Source: Times Live