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Drunk driver knocks down traffic police officer

The Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson Sello Maremane has confirmed an incident that happened on Good Friday. “The incident occurred on the N14 Pretoria/ Krugersdorp freeway next to the R55 of drunken suspect who knocked off one of our officers.”

The 33-year-old Gauteng Traffic Police female officer was knocked down by a 35-year-old female drunken driver while conducting a law enforcement operation on Friday evening.

Maremane explains, “Upon inspection by the officers who were on duty with the affected officer, the suspect was found to be driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor. The breathalyzer reading recorded 1.29 milligram per 1 000 milliliters which is five times over the legal limit of 0.24 milligram. The driver was immediately arrested and detained at Olievenhoutbosch police station to face charges relating to Driving under the influence of intoxicating alcohol as well as an alternative charge of Reckless and Negligent driving.”

“Our observation is that a lot of these incidents occur as a result of non-compliance with the rules of the road. As we approach the last days of the Easter weekend, I would like to encourage motorists to obey the rules of the road and keep Gauteng City Region safe. I appeal to drivers to take charge of their safety and that of officers on the ground. The incident that occurred on the N14 is highly regrettable and undermines our road safety efforts while also jeopardizing the lives of our officers, ” said Sello.

He added, “Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor constitutes a criminal offence which may lead to 7 years imprisonment without the option of a fine. The Gauteng Traffic Police will monitor the case closely to ensure that the suspect is subjected to a Criminal Justice System and face the full might of law. The Gauteng Traffic Police will not be derailed in its efforts to ensure safety on Gauteng roads during the last days of the Easter season period and beyond. ”

He concluded by saying, “The Gauteng Traffic Police wishes the officer a speedy recovery.”

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