Gauteng Traffic Police Arrest
Fifteen Drunk Drivers In Eldorado Park
The Gauteng Traffic Police have arrested fifteen (15) male, drunk drivers, during a drinking and driving operation conducted Friday night in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg. The operation which started at 18h00 is part of concerted efforts to intensify law enforcement ahead of the Easter season.
The suspects were detained in Eldorado Park police station and are expected to appear in Kliptown Magistrates Court on Monday to face charges of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor. The highest drunk driver recorded 0.98 mg/1000 ml which is almost 3 times over the legal limit of 0.24mg/1000 ml. The ages of the suspects range between 20 and 40 years.
“This kind of behavior is highly regrettable and will not be tolerated as it undermines our efforts to promote road safety. We call upon drivers to be responsible and resist the temptation of drinking and driving on our roads especially since we approach the Easter season period,” said Sello Maremane, Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson.
“The majority of road traffic crashes are as a result of road user behavior which includes driving under the influence of alcohol. Anyone found drinking and driving could face up to six years in custody if convicted in a court of law. The consequences are dire for young people since they will acquire a criminal record denting their chances of employment especially within the public sector,’’ added Sello Maremane.
The Gauteng Traffic Police will continue to enforce compliance with road safety rules and regulations in an effort to save the lives of road users.