Provincial Traffic Services arrested three motorists this week for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
Since Monday, 22 February 2016, traffic officers have stopped a total of 17 662 vehicles in roadblocks across the province. Alcohol breath-testing was performed on 1 729 motorists. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Mossel Bay service area. At 0.55 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this two times the legal limit of 0.24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
Details of DUI arrests:
- 1 in the Somerset West service area on 23 February 2016.
- 1 in the Brackenfell service area on 23 February 2016.
- 1 in the Mossel Bay service area on 23 February 2016.
A total of seven vehicles were impounded for being unlicensed and/ or unroadworthy. The licences of 18 vehicles were suspended until they have been certified as roadworthy and owners have renewed their vehicle licences. The largest numbers of suspended vehicles (5) was recorded in the Somerset West service area.
Speeding fines in the amount of R36 700 were issued. The highest speeds were recorded on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area (171 km/h in a 120 km/h zone), on the N2 in the George service area (132 km/h in a 100 km/h zone), on the R363 in the Vredendal service area (120 km/h in an 80 km/h zone) and on the N2 in the Knysna service area (77 km/h in a 60 km/h zone). These drivers face heavy fines and will appear in court soon.
Four other arrests were made – one in connection with false documentation in Worcester and three for excessive speed in Worcester (152 km/h in a 120 km/h zone) and Laingsburg (168 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the first case and 162 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the second). The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.
Breakdown of fines issued for various traffic violations
|Driver-Related Offences and Fines (Safety Belt Offences, Overloading, Invalid Documentation and Illegal Use Of Cellphone)
Vehicle-Related Offences and Fines (Vehicle Licence, Brakes, Lights, Tyres, Number Plates)
||316 totalling R289 850
||45 totalling R27 000
||45 totalling R59 100
||14 totalling R6 700
||56 totalling R67 500
||25 totalling R11 100
||237 totalling R232 219
||58 totalling R30 500
||63 totalling R54 000
||27 totalling R15 500
||79 totalling R78 600
||27 totalling R14 900
||15 totalling R16 800
||11 totalling R5 400
||143 totalling R145 650
||71 totalling R39 100
||40 totalling R44 750
||68 totalling R40 600
||37 totalling R32 500
||38 totalling R16 500
||126 totalling R109 500
||56 totalling R24 200
||231 totalling R276 500
||65 totalling R35 800
||32 totalling R37 700
||24 totalling R15 800
The Department of Transport and Public Works appeals to motorists to make themselves and others safer by:
- not drinking and driving,
- buckling up in the front and back at all times,
- driving carefully and considerately, and
- always remaining within the speed limit.
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