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A PROSECUTOR, doctor, nurse, policemen and teachers were among the people arrested for drunk driving in the past three days.
This happened as law enforcement agencies intensified the campaign to keep the country's roads safe and vowed to prosecute offenders.
Preliminary reports released yesterday showed that 619 people had died since the beginning of this month.
"More than 150 motorists have been arrested for reckless and negligent driving," Department of Transport spokesperson Logan Maistry said.
"More than 1000 unroadworthy vehicles have been taken off the roads, including 250 buses and 200 taxis.
"More than 250000 motorists were fined for speeding and thousands for not wearing seatbelts and other offences."
The Road Traffic Management Corporation is disturbed by the fact that 90percent of road crashes are as a result of human error.
RTMC chief executive Ranthoko Rakgwale said it was time for drivers who do not adhere to the law to pay.
Maistry said yesterday that more than 2500 drunk drivers had been arrested.
At least 204 drunk drivers were arrested in Eastern Cape in the past three days.
In the Free State four people were seriously injured when they drove into the back of a tractor on the R26 near Bethlehem on Saturday.
In Gauteng three people died and others were injured yesterday when a taxi they were travelling in overturned on the N1 south between the Rivonia and Buccleuch interchange.
In KwaZulu-Natal one person died and 20 others were injured when the taxi they were travelling in hit a bakkie on the N41 just before Verulam on Sunday. The deceased was the driver of the bakkie.
One person was killed and 66 others were injured in three separate accidents around Durban. In one of these a private coach liner collided with an articulated truck before leaving the N3 in Johannesburg and 26 people were injured.
In Northern Cape one person died and another 14 were injured in a four-car pile-up on the N1 outside Colesburg.
Four people were injured in an accident on the N9 near Colesburg on the same day.
In Eastern Cape a tragic bus accident left 10 people dead on Saturday.
A further 38 were injured and taken to various hospitals.
Four people died when a taxi they were travelling in was hit by another taxi near Cradock on Sunday morning.
Six others were critically injured and another three had minor injuries.
In Limpopo two people were killed and six others injured in two separate accidents.
The driver of a car was killed instantly when his vehicle collided with a bakkie on the N1 highway on Saturday night.
In the second accident two minibus taxis collided at Rathoke, near Marblehall, on Sunday morning and one person died and three others were injured.
In Western Cape a 40-year-old woman and six children were killed when their vehicle collided with another on the N1 North near De Doorns on Saturday.
Fifteen people were injured when two taxis overturned in separate accidents in Kuilsriver and Parow Valley on Saturday.