Two passengers killed on Western Cape roads
A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that two passengers died on the province’s roads over the weekend.
A total of 44 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend.
- Ten motorists were arrested in the Caledon service area,
- seven in Swellendam,
- seven in George,
- four in Brackenfell,
- four in Somerset West,
- three in Knysna,
- two in Beaufort West,
- two in Vredenburg,
- two in Mossel Bay,
- two in Worcester, and
- one in Oudtshoorn.
In addition, traffic officers made four arrests:
- One for reckless and negligent driving in Brackenfell,
- One for reckless and negligent driving in Somerset West,
- One for false documentation in Brackenfell, and
- One for possession of abalone (estimated street value +-R5 million) in Somerset West.
Breath testing was performed on 1 435 drivers at 25 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Caledon service area. At 1,94 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is almost eight times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
A total of 156 speeding offences were recorded and 176 fines in the total amount of R267 450 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.
Highest speeds recorded
- 231 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Brackenfell service area, and
- 120 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Laingsburg service area.
The Department of Transport and Public Works has expressed its appreciation for the seizure of illegal abalone (perlemoen) at the weekend. This is a notable success in the Western Cape Government’s fight against the poaching, smuggling and transportation of illegally obtained wildlife. Our officers and their police counterparts will continue to be vigilant at all times in order to curb the possession of illegal goods and improve road safety. These officers have shown real commitment to their work.
Details of road fatalities
|Date||Location of crash||Fatalities|
|Friday, 18 August 2017||R102 Faure, Somerset West||1 passenger|
|Saturday, 19 August 2017||N2 George||1 passenger|