According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) over 3,000 motorists have ben arrested nationwide for traffic violations at the start of December.
RTMC released a statement earlier today stating that three traffic officers were arrested on Monday in Mpumalanga for speculation of corruption and bribery.
Spokesperson, Simon Zwane stated that in a joint operation, the RTMC’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit and Hawks swooped in on the officers who were employed by Emalahleni Municipality when they reported for work in Witbank Monday morning.
“It is alleged that the officers, who are aged 59, 53 and 38, accepted bribes from motorist instead of charging them for traffic violations. They are expected to appear in court later today,” reported the statement.
To date, of the arrests that have been made was for drunk driving with an estimate of 1, 328 suspects. The highest number of drunken drivers were caught in Gauteng and Limpopo, where 372 and 342 arrests were made.
The report further states that about 496 of suspects were arrested for speeding above legal limits. The highest number of arrests made for speeding was in the Free State with an account of 323 motorists and the highest speed recorded was on the N1 near Ventersburg where a motorist was caught driving 242km/h in a 120km/h zone.
Zwane also stated: “Some of the common offences noticed so far, involve people driving without a drivers license, producing false documentation, reckless and negligent driving and operation public transport contrary to the terms and condition of operating permits.”
He warned that law enforcement authorities are moving their focus into residential areas to prohibit lawlessness and prevent collisions involving pedestrians.
Enforcement will be intensified ahead of, and during, the New Year’s long weekend and officers are preparing for an increase in traffic volumes that is expected at the end of the festive season holidays.