Police after the scalp of traffic offenders

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Police have nabbed hundreds of offenders on the roads over the festive season. The offences ranged from drunken driving, unroadworthy vehicles, speeding and reckless driving.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 300 offenders were arrested, with 200 in the Western Cape. Gauteng topped with 650.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abbie Khoabane said he did not have the exact number of the province' arrests, but said that mostly alcohol-related arrests took place all over the province.

Officials in Limpopo and the North West did not have the statistics of the arrests either.

Heavy traffic peaked late yesterday on the country's major roads as holiday makers drove back home after the festive season.

Authorities have vowed to leave no stone unturned as they continue with roadblocks on the busiest roads and deal with offenders.

Speedsters, drunk drivers, stolen vehicles, and unroadworthy vehicles will have nowhere to hide.

The N1, N4 and N3 are among the busiest roads that are closely monitored. At least 1200 people have died on the roads since the start of the festive season.

About 500 of these were pedestrians.

Meanwhile, in Uniondale, Western Cape, a bakkie with three occupants and a sedan with six occupants collided on the R62. Three women and a man in the sedan died.

In the Eastern Cape two elderly women died after a car they were travelling in overturned in Wolwesfontein. One passenger and the driver were seriously injured and taken to hospital.

In Johannesburg two pedestrians were hit and flung into a river by a car on London Road off-ramp on the N3 on Friday after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Traffic officials advised drivers to be cautious especially during the slippery weather.