Alcohol Blitz Roadblocks: 29 Arrests This Weekend
Twenty-four integrated Safely Home roadblocks were conducted across the Western Cape this weekend, and a total of 3 695 vehicles were stopped as part of the Provincial Government's Safely Home campaign.
Twenty-nine drivers were arrested for driving under the influence, after 1 505 drivers were screened for being under suspicion of the offence.
The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in Beaufort West service area at 0.94 mg/1 000 ml, which was more than three times over the legal limit of 0.24 mg/1 000 ml.
1 727 speeding offences were recorded and a total of 382 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness.
The highest speed recorded was 184 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 near Paarl.
The weekend saw three tragic fatalities on provincial roads. On Saturday, one person lost their life in a road incident on the R27 near Saldanha in a head-on collision and Sunday saw two fatalities in two separate road incidents on the N1. One person died on the N1 near Worcester in a head-on collision and another person died on the N1 near Paarl where the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.
Whilst we will continue to conduct roadblocks and checks, we need drivers and passengers to assist. Check your tyres regularly, make sure you keep your head lights on and ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy.
A change in driver behaviour is needed when it comes to speeding and driving under the influence. You do not want to be responsible for the death of a person because of your own irresponsible behaviour. I urge drivers to take care, don't speed and don't get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.
Acting Media Liaison Officer
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