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By unknown | Oct 30, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

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KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Bheki Cele has issued a stern warning to drunk drivers and motorists who ignore the laws of the road.

He said they were "skating on thin ice" and could have their licences suspended for a period of up to five years if they do not obey the rules.

"If you want to keep your driver's licence and be an independent driver, obey the rules or pay the price," Cele said.

The MEC said motorists were ignoring the intensive law enforcement warnings issued by the department.

"The number of drunken drivers is increasing," he said.

Traffic officers arrested 53 drivers for drunken driving in the province at the weekend.

More than 10 drivers had their licences revoked while another licence was indefinitely suspended.

"It is most definitely a high price to pay for your freedom if you have independent transport," Cele said.

"Road safety education and awareness is an ongoing thing. And the rolling enforcement plan is implemented 365 days a year to ensure 100 percent compliance from all road users."

Meanwhile, the rollout plan for computerised learner's licences in the province has begun.

Driver's licence testing stations have been completed in Ulundi, Melmoth, Eshowe and Nongoma.

The new system is expected to help to root out corruption.

The department has declared October as transport month to ensure the safety of travellers on public roads and to reduce road deaths in the province.


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