Most drivers arrested were driving drunk
Dedications and hard work by traffic officers should be commended as it has contributed towards Mpumalanga Province’s Easter Holidays road fatalities by 28%. Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Pat Ngomane has lauded the provincial traffic authorities after Blade Nzimande, national minister of Transport released the statistics in Parliament today.
This year, the province recorded 49 fatalities compared to 68 fatalities recorded in 2017, making Mpumalanga the best performing province in the country.
With another long weekend ahead, Ngomane said that “one death is one too many, therefore we cannot relax when we see a reduction. This means we have to tighten our belts even more to ensure many drivers will become more responsible,” says Ngomane.
More than 14 000 vehicles were stopped at various points in Mpumalanga and almost 5 000 fines were issued. Of the 152 motorists arrested, 129 were drunk drivers.