Transport minister Blade Nzimande says breathalyser readings taken on the spot would soon be used in evidence against drunk drivers in court instead of blood tests. He was speaking at the preliminary road safety report in Pretoria on Tuesday. The report revealed there were 767 fatalities on South African roads in 18 days from December 1 to December 18. Most of the incidents were caused by excessive speeding‚ reckless and negligent driving, and blatant disregard of road signs. Nzimande also stressed drinking and driving incidents had increased‚ as did incidents involving fatigued drivers. The latter had caused some of the more serious accidents, and were especially prevalent in drivers of large vehicles and those transporting groups of passengers. The minister said that although only a few vehicles were involved in these crashes‚ they were more lethal because they involved more people. The report also revealed that 44 trucks and 34 taxis were involved in fatal collisions in the 18-da...

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