A total of 3,078 motorists have been arrested on South African roads in the first half of this month for drunk driving, speeding, reckless and negligent driving as well as the possession of false documents.

Traffic officers conducted 258 roadblocks in all provinces and issued traffic fines to 152,243 motorists for transgression of traffic regulations, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said in a statement here Monday.

The corporation said the highest number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol was recorded in Gauteng Province, where 1,639 motorists were arrested. Free State Province recorded the highest number of arrests for speeding, with 113 motorists nabbed.

Two motorists were arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe a traffic official in Eastern Cape Province, while a motorist was stopped while driving at 219 kilometres per hour (kmph) in a 120 kmph zone on the N3 highway near Warden in Free State.

More than 10,000 drivers were given notices failing to wear seat belts while 1,426 were given fines for talking on their cell-phones while driving, the RTMC said.

Roadblocks and traffic law enforcement operations will be intensified again this week from Friday, Dec 23 when motorists will be travelling to various destinations, including places of worship, for the Christmas-New Year holidays.

High traffic volumes were experienced on 15 and 16 December when factory workers and migrants began their journeys to the countryside and coastal areas. Traffic volumes were highest between 10am till 10pm on both days with more than 2,000 vehicles per hour recorded passing through the tollgates on the N3 south towards the coast, the RTMC said.

Traffic authorities are planning a clampdown on road traffic violations over the Christmas long weekend in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. �


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