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Six fatalities on Western Cape roads

12 December 2016


Report on weekend provincial traffic law enforcement operations

A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that six road users died on the province’s roads over the weekend.

Provincial traffic officers arrested 23 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 9 and 10 December 2016. Five were arrested in the George service area; four in Swellendam; four in Knysna; four in Worcester; three in Somerset West; one in Brackenfell; one in Laingsburg; and one in Vredenburg.

Breath testing was performed on 1 766 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Swellendam service area. At 0,98 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over four times over the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

In addition, one person was arrested in Brackenfell with 1 052 Mandrax tablets with a value of R84 000.

A total of 99 vehicles were screened for speeding and 64 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R361 750 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded were 144 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area; 136 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the George service area; and 104 km in an 80 km/h zone in the Vredenburg service area.

Details of road fatalities


 Location of crash          


 Friday, 9 December 2016

 R300 Mitchells Plain

 1 pedestrian

 Saturday, 10 December 2016


 1 driver
 1 passenger

 Sunday, 11 December 2016

 R43 Mitchells Pass

 1 driver
 2 passengers







Help us to create booze-free roads. The simple fact is that alcohol and roads don’t mix. Drivers under the influence put their own lives and those of their passengers in danger, as well as the lives of other road users. By taking the decision not to drink and drive, and sharing your decision with your family and friends, you can influence the behaviour of others in a positive way.

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Media Enquiries: 

Kenny Africa
Provincial Traffic Chief
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 5114/ 7823
Cell: 084 562 4574

Byron la Hoe
Communication Officer
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 9813
Cell: 079 281 8570