Boxing Day arrests increase
28 December 2016
THERE is an increase in the number of people arrested during this year’s Boxing Day as compared to the same day last year, police have revealed.
The number of people arrested for various offences increased by more than 500 with 6370 being arrested this year while 2015 recorded 5838 arrests.
In a press statement, national police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said 63 road traffic accidents had occurred this year on Boxing Day which is an increase from last year’s 59.
There is however, a decrease in the number of people killed by 50 percent with 2016 recording five as compared to 10 of last year.
“Speeding remains the main cause of the fatal road traffic accidents that were recorded,” Chief Sup Nyathi said.
He said no major accidents were recorded on the country’s highways.
“The fatal road accidents involved four pedestrians who were knocked down while trying to cross the road and one in which a passenger perished.
“Most of the accidents occurred at night,” Chief Sup Nyathi said.
He urged motorists to avoid speeding while exercising caution dealing with pedestrians.
“They should avoid travelling at night as visibility is poor and observation is likely to be affected.
“Drivers should not drink and drive under the influence of alcohol, in the process causing accidents,” he said assuring the public that police would continue to monitor traffic movements on roads and criminal activities in residential, industrial and farming areas.