Just over the weekend, Metro Police has arrested 350 motorists who were drunk drivers and 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 said this while cautioning motorists to obey traffic rules especially in the coming Easter holiday.
Last year, the Road Traffic Management Corporation reported more than 700 motorists who were arrested for various traffic violations across the country. Their offences ranged from drunken driving, speeding and overloading, spokesperson Simon Zwane said.
About 350 cars and 1 000 buses were at that time impounded for not being road-worthy and the Police stopped and checked about 180 000 vehicles and issued 30 000 fines over the weekend.
This time, the metros make this announcement in order to start early to curb the rate of road accidents in the city. Minnaa therefore reminded motorists in the city to “exercise extra caution to help reduce road fatalities this long weekend.”
With the year barely reaching the middle, report of road accidents have continued to rise. Western Cape recorded at least 15 people who are confirmed dead via road accident in the start of the long weekend.
In the latest incident, two men from Wellington were killed when their car overturned near Paarl Mall and burst into flames.
Seven people, including two children, were also reportedly dead after the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed near Montagu.
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.” he added.
Meanwhile, Road agency Sanral has announced that it has officially started sending out summonses to road users who “persistently refuse to settle their e-toll debt”.
The group announced that the first set of civil summonses to individuals is being delivered by sheriffs in different jurisdictions in Gauteng.
“The summonses will also include higher value summonses of mostly companies. Due to the amount owed in these cases, the summons has to be managed by the High Court,” said Alex van Niekerk, Project Manager for the GFIP.
The agency made this decision to issue summonses comes at the end of an extensive period of communications between Sanral and vehicle owners who neglected to pay outstanding debts.
Van Niekerk said added that Sanral has a responsibility towards the country and the thousands of compliant vehicle owners who regularly pay their e-toll accounts to recover the outstanding debt from defaulters .
The agency however said that a civil summons must not be confused with criminal proceedings.