With the number of road accidents increasing every year, the number of roadblocks also increased in December 2017.
Road Traffic Management Corporation released a press release on Friday, 29 December 2017. it stated, “More than 924 000 vehicles have been stopped and checked at various roadblocks since the start of festive season law enforcement operations throughout the country. Most of the vehicles were stopped in Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.
More than 105 000 drivers were tested for alcohol and 2247 drivers were arrested for having alcohol blood content above the legal limit. The highest number of arrested drunk drivers were in Gauteng, followed by Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.
The top 5 (five) offences based on written traffic notices issued were:
a. Speed with 46 029 drivers fined.
b. Driving without licenses with 15 538 drivers fined.
c. Driving unlicensed vehicles with 14 174 drivers fined.
d. Driving without fastening seatbelts with 13 554 drivers fined and
e. Overloading of goods with 5 388 drivers fined.
Three taxi drivers were arrested for attempting to bribe traffic officers during this period. Two of the arrests took place in Limpopo and one was in the Eastern Cape”.
Almost 80% road crashes in South Africa occur as a result of a human factor (Speed, Negligence, etc.)