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11 die on Western Cape roads

4 September 2017

A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that 11 people died on the province’s roads over the weekend.

A total of 42 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend. 14 motorists were arrested in the George service area; six in Swellendam; four in Brackenfell; four in Mossel Bay; three in Somerset West; three in Caledon; two in Beaufort West; two in Vredenburg; one in Laingsburg; one in Vredendal; one in Oudtshoorn; and one in Worcester.

Breath testing was performed on 2 102 drivers at 24 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Caledon service area. At 1,28 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over five times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

A total of 735 speeding offences were recorded and 352 fines in the total amount of R436 700 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded were: 202 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Brackenfell service area, and 135 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area.

Details of road fatalities


Location of crash


Friday, 1 September 2017

N2 Macassar/ Somerset West

2 passengers

Friday, 1 September 2017

R319 Bredasdorp

1 driver

Saturday, 2 September 2017

N1 Jip de Jager

1 driver
1 passenger

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Ottery Rd, Lansdowne

1 baby passenger

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Cnr of Wesbank Main Rd and Stellenbosch Arterial

1 driver

Saturday, 2 September 2017

R304 Klipheuwel

1 driver

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Between Klipheuwel and Malmesbury

1 passenger

Sunday, 3 September 2017

N1 Leeu Gamka

1 pedestrian

Monday, 4 September 2017

N2 Knysna

1 driver














Seatbelts are not accessories, they save lives and reduce the risk of injury. Drivers and passengers should always wear seatbelts, even on the shortest journey. Regulations to the National Road Traffic Act provide that children up to the age of three must be in appropriate child restraints when travelling in private vehicles, even on the shortest journey. Wearing a seatbelt could be a difference between life and death. It is not just your own life you are protecting when you do the right thing by buckling up. In a collision, an unrestrained passenger becomes a high-speed projectile, endangering everyone inside the vehicle. It only takes a second to save a life, so buckle up, front and back, on every trip.

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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
Email: Kenneth.Africa@westerncape.gov.za

Jacques Mostert
Provincial Traffic Spokesperson
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 7897
Cell: 082 820 0621
Email: Jacques.Mostert2@westerncape.gov.za