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'Don't drink and drive'

By unknown | Dec 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo

Zinhle Mapumulo

If you love your beer and cannot stop once you have started, then driving in the streets of Johannesburg is not an option this festive season.

Metro police is going all out to arrest drunk and reckless drivers.

This was also evident by the number of roadblocks set up around the city over the weekend. David Tembe, director of operations at the JMPD, said: "We have adopted a zero tolerance approach towards drivers who break the rules of the road. JMPD has realised that despite heavily-manned roadblocks all year, there are still many people who totally ignore the warnings.

"As a result, we experience an increase in fatal road accidents. We do not want that this year.

"That is why we are intensifying the roadblocks this festive season."

Tembe said they expect to arrest more drunk drivers this year compared to other years during the same time.

Last year, JMPD arrested 735 drunk drivers in December alone.

They expect to double the arrests this year with the help of devices known as intoximeters, which provide immediate alcohol level results.

"Officers would also be looking for unroadworthy vehicles and people driving without licences," he said.

Yesterday JMPD invited the media to experience a crime prevention roadblock they conducted in Soweto. Cars were stopped and searched, but no arrests were made.


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