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Minister of Roads & Transport Fikile Mbalula has congratulated traffic officers and other law enforcement agencies for being hands in reducing number traffic fines this year compared to previous festive year this year.
Speaking at a press brief the minister said that the of traffic fines that have been issued already are about 231 937. A drop of 101 595 from previous festive year.
He also added that the number of arrests has also come down from 3 052 previously to 2 915, representing a slight improvement in driver behaviour.
Although this could suggest that there is progress, the minister said we shouldn’t be celebrating we should rather call for an improvement.
“We remain concerned about the high number of people who continue to drive under the influence of alcohol. A total of 1 397 drivers were arrested for drunk driving while 272 were arrested for driving at excessive speeds and 438 had outstanding warrants of arrests for failing to pay previous traffic fines” he said.
He said that for the festive season to date, a total of 489 fatal crashes have been recorded, resulting to a 25% drop compared to 656 fatal crashes recorded around the same period last year.
These crashes found 589 people dying on the country’s roads, compared to 839 last year, marking a 30% reduction in fatalities.
The majority of those who died were pedestrians at 39%, followed by passengers at 34%, drivers at 26% and cyclists at 1%.