Eighteen people killed on Western Cape roads over the weekend
Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services arrested 23 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 1 and 2 April 2016. Eighteen people died in road crashes over the weekend.
Three other arrests were made:
- one for possession of drugs on the N2 in Somerset West,
- one for overloading on the N1 in Worcester, and
- one for being in possession of an allegedly stolen vehicle on the N2 in Swellendam.
Breath testing was performed on 1 662 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Somerset West service area. At 0.98 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is more than four times the legal limit of 0.24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
A total of 4 953 vehicles were screened for speeding and 326 speeding offences were recorded. The highest speed recorded was 188 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area.
A total of 258 fines in the amount of R324 300 were issued for various traffic law infringements, including driver and vehicle fitness violations.
The Department is currently unable to provide a detailed breakdown of weekend road crash fatalities.