Results of Safely Home Weekend Traffic Operations
Media Statement by Dan Plato, Minister of Community Safety
The last weekend of the Winter School Holiday period saw 23 Safely Home roadblocks set up by Provincial Traffic, SAPS and Municipal Traffic to help ensure that road users get safely home.
A total of 2 487 vehicles were stopped and 1 014 drivers were screened for driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in 25 arrests.
The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in Somerset West at 1.02mg/1 000ml.
Approximately 1 284 speeding offences were recorded and a total of 436 fines were issued.
The highest speed was recorded in Kraaifontein with the driver recorded at 174 km/h in a 120 km/h zone.
On Saturday, the roadblocks also led to two arrests for the possession of tik by the Mosselbay SAPS and another arrest for the possession of ecstasy by the Vredenburg SAPS.
Sadly, this weekend was also marred by five fatalities.
On Friday, a pedestrian lost her life in a hit-and-run incident on the R62 near Barrydale. On Saturday night, two men, a woman and a pedestrian (male) lost their lives due to a head-on collision on route TR55 near Graafwater.
The prevention of road accidents is the joint responsibility of all road users and I am appealing to members of the public, heavy vehicle operators, motorcyclists and pedestrians to strictly adhere to the road safety norms.
Traffic violations can be reported to the 24-hour control room on 021 931 1646 and I urge road users to do so.