Metro Police cracks down on drunken drivers

In efforts to curb drunken driving, eThekwini Municipality’s Metro Police Unit has intensified operations throughout the city.

Since the operations were stepped up from September, more than 10, 000 fines were issued on various contraventions including 235 drunk drivers who were arrested.

In July and August, 791 motorists were arrested for being under the influence of alcohol. Acting head of Metro Police, Steve Middleton said the city had increased the number of roadblocks to stem the scourge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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He said roadblocks were being conducted in strategic areas with the assistance of the South African Police Service.

“We are warning all motorists to stay on their best behaviour and to adhere to all traffic and by-law regulations. Drunk driving endangered the lives of other motorists and pedestrians and has an impact on the whole family if lives are lost,” he said.

Middleton encouraged motorists to nominate a designated driver or take a taxi if they had been drinking. Middleton said in addition to the roadblocks, the enforcement of other by-laws would also continue.

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Parking violations and illegal trading also made up a large portion of the fines issued by the Metro Police, as did driving without a seat belt.

Metro revealed that last week, almost 3500 taxis were fined for illegal ranking, while 1502 fines were issued for un-roadworthy vehicles.“We have received calls from concerned residents regarding public drinking in some parts of the city. We can assure residents that our officers will be out in full force and such behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.

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