Durban - Traffic police arrested 142 motorists in KwaZulu-Natal for driving under the influence of alcohol at the weekend.

According to the Department of Transport, there were 256 fatal crashes in KZN – more than any other province – from December 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012.

The motorists arrested this weekend were caught in various parts of the province by law enforcement officials comprising Traffic Inspectorate, SA Police Service and SA Revenue Service. Of those caught, 54 were snared on the M25 near KwaMashu on Friday night.

The MEC for Transport, Willies Mchunu, has warned motorists not to drink and drive.

“It is quite alarming to see that such huge numbers of people were arrested during this weekend alone. I condemn those who disregard the rule of law by drinking and driving. The writing is on the wall to all transgressors on the road, you break the law, and you will be caught,” he said.

Mchunu said traffic police would be out in full force during the festive season. – Daily News