11 motorists arrested for drunk driving in Limpopo since Saturday night

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Eleven motorists have been arrested for alleged drunken driving on Limpopo’s roads since Saturday night.

Transport Department Spokesperson, Mike Maringa says the drivers were arrested during a road safety operation campaign conducted by the law enforcement officers on various roads, including the R71.

Maringa says those breaking road rules will be dealt with.

“Limpopo transport and community safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya is concerned about motorists who continue to disregard the calls to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. MEC says the province has deployed enough personnel and law enforcers on the R101 and N1 to ensure that there’s enough visibility to ensure that there’s reduction of road carnage on our roads.”

Gauteng traffic police says they are concerned over irresponsible driving behaviour during this Easter weekend.

This follows an incident where a 33-year-old female officer was knocked down by a 35-year-old female drunk driver.

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The officer was conducting a law enforcement operation on Friday evening.

The incident occurred on the N14 Pretoria/ Krugersdorp freeway next to the R55.

Gauteng Traffic spokesperson Sello Maremane says, “Upon inspection by the officers who were on duty with the affected officer, the suspect was found to be driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor. The breathalyzer reading recorded 1.29 milligram per 1 000 milliliters which is five times over the legal limit of 0.24 milligram.

The driver was immediately arrested and detained at Olievenhoutbosch Police Station to face charges relating to Driving under the influence of intoxicating alcohol as well as an alternative charge of reckless and negligent driving.”

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