Five fatalities on Western Cape roads | Western Cape Government


Five fatalities on Western Cape roads

13 February 2017

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

Provincial traffic officers arrested 18 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 10 and 11 February 2017. Four were arrested in the Somerset West service area; four in Swellendam; three in Worcester; two in Brackenfell; two in Caledon; one in George; one in Mossel Bay; and one in Oudtshoorn.

Breath testing was performed on 2 094 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Swellendam service area. At 1,39 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is more than five times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

Four other persons were arrested:

  • One for false documentation in Vredenburg;
  • One for excessive speed in Worcester;
  • One for fraud in Worcester; and
  • One for overloading in Vredendal.

A total of 458 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R346 650 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded in each traffic service area were: 166 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Brackenfell service area; 144 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area; and 108 km/h in an 80 km/h zone in the Vredendal service area.

Details of road fatalities


 Location of crash            


 Friday, 10 February 2017

 N1 Joostenberg Vlakte

 1 driver

 Friday, 10 February 2017

 N1 Beaufort West

 1 passenger

 Friday, 10 February 2017

 N1 Lower Church Road

 1 driver

 Saturday, 11 February 2017

 N1 Durban Road

 2 pedestrians






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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