KwaZulu-Natal provincial transport department reported on Monday that a total of 200 drivers were arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol during the Easter weekend.
More than 2000 vehicles was spotted exiting the province per hour as the Easter short break came to an end.
Spokesperson of the department Nathi Sukazi said more than 70 000 drivers were pulled over and tested for alcohol.
Also, during a roadblock on the N3 near the Mariannhill toll plaza on Monday morning, another 30 people were caught driving around without a valid driver’s licence.
In addition, scores of vehicles on the road had no licence plates, or they had been tampered with.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters was happy to announce a drastic drop in the Easter road deaths this year when compared to that of last year.
So far, the preliminary report‚ released by the transport minister in Pretoria on Tuesday‚ shows that there were 156 road accident deaths this Easter compared to 287 during the same Easter fiesta last year.
Apart from the Northern Cape which recorded the same number of road accident fatalities as last year‚ all other provinces recorded a decrease in the fatalities. The North-West recorded the highest decrease – 71% with the number of deaths on the roads dropping from 28 to eight.
Peters was full of gratitude to traffic officers who saw to the safety of the roads during the season of celebrations when people are more likely to break traffic laws.
“We commend the traffic law enforcement officers who maintained high levels of visibility on the roads throughout the Easter period‚” she said.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) analysed that the main causes of the fatal road accidents include fatigue‚ drunkenness and reckless driving.