Provincial Traffic Services shows zero tolerance for corruption
Thirty-five motorists have been arrested in the last year attempting to bribe Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services officers.
“We show zero tolerance for corruption. Dozens of drivers who tried to bribe our officers are now facing jail time, on top of the penalty for the original offence,” said Farrel Payne, Director: Provincial Traffic Services.
Attempted bribery cases are in various stages of prosecution in the following areas:
- 12 in Worcester
- 7 in Brackenfell, Cape Town
- 6 in Beaufort West
- 4 in Swellendam
- 2 in Vredenburg
- 1 in Laingsburg
- 1 in Caledon
- 1 in Mossel Bay
- 1 in Somerset West.
Provincial Traffic Services reported that 13 people were killed on Western Cape roads between Thursday 1 February and Sunday 4 February:
- Thursday 1 February
- 02:05 – 2 pedestrians were killed on the N2 at Groot Brak River in a collision between two heavy motor vehicles and a light motor vehicle.
- Friday 2 February
- 15:50 – a driver and 6 passengers were killed in a multi-vehicle collision on the R43 Artois Road near Wolseley.
- Saturday 3 February
- 23:45 – a driver was killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a heavy motor vehicle.
- Sunday 4 February
- 13:40 – a man was killed when a light delivery vehicle lost control and overturned on the R43 near De Doorns.
- 21:10 – a man was killed when a vehicle overturned on the R300 near Stock Road.
- 22:20 – a pedestrian was killed on the R43 between Ceres and Wolseley.
Additional statistics for the week of 31 January to 6 February
- Provincial Traffic Services held 27 alcohol blitz roadblocks and Random Breath Testing operations.
- A total of 7 395 drivers were screened for (being under suspicion of) driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in 41 arrests.
- The highest breath alcohol reading recorded was 0.24 mg mg/ 1 000 ml of breath in the Vredendal service area – 5 times the legal limit of 1,28 mg/ 1 000 ml.
- A total of 2 553 fines in the amount of R3 623 657 were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver violations to vehicle fitness offences.
- Provincial Traffic Services recorded 1 041 speeding offences. The highest speeds recorded were:
- 177 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in the Beaufort West service area.
- 144 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N1 in the Worcester service area.
- 134 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the N7 in the Vredendal service area.
- 107 km/h in a 70 km/h zone in the Vredenburg service area.
Provincial Traffic Services made 13 other arrests.
- 2 drivers were arrested for false documentation – 1 on the N2 in the Swellendam service area, and 1 on the N1 in the Beaufort West service area.
- 2 drivers were arrested for reckless and negligent driving – 1 on the N1 at Brackenfell and 1 in the N7 Vredendal service area.
- 3 drivers were arrested for excessive speed in a 120 km/ h zone in the N1 Beaufort West service area. Their recorded speeds were: 177 km/h, 172 km/h and 159 km/h.
- 2 drivers were arrested for goods overloading on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area.
- 2 people were arrested for assault and interfering with an arrest in the N1 Beaufort West service area.
- 1 driver was arrested for possession of dagga on the N2 in the Caledon service area.
- 1 driver was arrested for fraud on the N2 in the Mossel Bay service area.
Traffic information enquiries
Tel: 021 946 1646