266 drunk driv­ers nabbed over Easter

The New Age (Gauteng) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­newage.co.za

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.

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