Police move against drink and driving

Johannesburg Metro police and South African Police Services (SAPS) braved the rainy weekend of 6 February to arrest more than 20 motorists  for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The arrests took place during the O Kae Molao operation for driving under the influence of alcohol and breaking the curfew regulation, according to Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan.

 “The aim is to ensure the safety of the road users,” said Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Muthan. “We had to conduct roadblocks in different areas to minimize any possible road accidents resulting from the abuse of alcohol. Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela is leading a collective of law enforcement agencies at a roadblock in Honeydew and nearby areas. The entourage is searching vehicles and motorists for illicit goods and ensuring the safety of the community of Gauteng.”

 The agencies mostly arrested were men, according to Metro Police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar.

Law enforcement took them for blood sample tests, and then detained them at police stations where they were granted bail and a date to appear in court.

“The driver, who tested 0.98 mg per 1000 ml of breath, was one of the highest, which was four times above the legal limit of 0.24mg per 1000 ml of breath.”

When asked why so many motorists were driving under the influence in such a short space of time, Minnaar said: “It’s because alcohol is now permitted for off-site sales from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Thursday, and for on-site consumption from 10am to 10pm.” Rβ�g4

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