266 drunk drivers nabbed over Easter
DURBAN, dubbed Africa’s playground and a city where thousands flock to spend their holidays, nabbed 266 drunk drivers over the Easter weekend.
Out in full force to ensure compliance with road safety rules, the city’s metro police also fined 15583 drivers for speeding while 5 045 traffic offences were recorded.
This is contained in a report compiled after the long weekend.
Most of the arrested drivers were nabbed in Umlazi, where police staged a strong presence on roads leading into and out of the township.
Roadblocks were also setup on Umgeni Road, Queen Nandi Drive, in KwaMashu and Inanda.
Deputy mayor Fawzia Peer commended all security and emergency services for doing a wonderful job.
“Indeed, it was a hectic long weekend with people gradually coming in and out of the city,” Peer said.
She said law enforcement officers were out in full force to ensure that tour ists and residents enjoyed their holidays.
“As part of the city’s safety and transport management plan, law enforcement officers ensured that motorists abided by the rules of the road and that those enjoying themselves at our various recreational facilities, did so within the ambits of the law.
“Roadblocks were held in various parts of the municipal area.
“About 266 motorists were arrested for drunken driving, those fined for speeding were 15583 and other traffic infringements totalled 5 045.
“No major accidents were reported within the municipal area.”
She said thousands of tourists flocked to the city to spend time with family and friends while enjoying the long weekend.
The city was expecting the tally of tourists to reach 360 000.
It was also expecting a direct spend of R870m, contributing R1.5bn to the city’s coffers.
This, in turn, would have created and sustained 3 100 jobs in the tourism sector alone.