Reduce carnage on roads- Ndebele

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pretoria - The Department of Transport has urged South Africans still making their way home from various holiday destinations to be vigilant on the roads.

According to preliminary figures, there have been 27 deaths on the country's roads since 1 April.

"We want to convey condolences to the families and relatives of all those killed in road crashes over the Easter weekend. We wish those injured a speedy recovery," said Transport Minister, Sbu Ndebele.

As part of the National Rolling Enforcement Plan, hundreds of motorists were arrested and thousands fined for various traffic offences. In KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape alone, more than 330 drunk drivers were arrested in just four days from 1 to 4 April.

In Limpopo, 131 motorists were fined for vehicle defects, 110 for moving violations, 32 for speeding, 56 for driving licences and professional driving permits, 33 for vehicle licences, 42 for passenger overloading, four for public transport permits, two for drunk driving and four vehicle impounds.

In Gauteng, more than 30 commuter buses and 50 mini-bus taxis were found to be un-roadworthy and discontinued from operating.

More than 1000 un-roadworthy vehicles were removed from the country's roads since 1 March 2010.

"Whilst law enforcement agencies will continue to be out in full force, responsible citizens do not need to be policed all the time. Voluntary compliance to road rules will go a long way towards reducing the carnage on our roads," said Ndebele.

Motorists are urged to report bad driving on 0861 400 800.