The holiday season has come and gone and while most of us are back in the full swing of things – work, school and schedules, the ghosts of our festive season activities may be lurking in the shadows. Are you one of the many motorists who still have an outstanding traffic fine or did you get lucky with just a verbal warning?

Statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) revealed the top five offences during the festive season, based on written traffic fines:

  1. Speed: 46,029 drivers fined
  2. Driving without licenses: 15,538 drivers fined
  3. Unlicensed vehicles: 14,174 drivers fined
  4. Driving without fastening seatbelts: 13,554 drivers fined
  5. Overloading: 5,388 drivers fined

Dangerous driving - Who did what on the roads this festive season

In addition, three taxi drivers were arrested for attempting to bribe traffic officers. Two of the arrests took place in Limpopo and one was in the Eastern Cape.

More than 924,000 vehicles were stopped and checked at various roadblocks throughout the country, since the beginning of the festive season. “Most of the vehicles were stopped in Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. More than 105,000 drivers were tested for alcohol and 247 drivers were arrested for having alcohol blood content above the legal limit,” the RTMC said.
“The highest number of arrested drunk drivers were in Gauteng, followed by Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape,” the RTMC said.

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Source: The Times