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Fourteen arrested for drinking and driving this weekend

15 August 2016

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

Provincial Traffic Officers arrested 14 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 12 and 13 August 2016.

  • Four were arrested in the George service area;
  • two in Knysna, 
  • two in Swellendam, 
  • two in Brackenfell, 
  • one in Beaufort West, 
  • one in Somerset West, 
  • one in Mossel Bay, and
  • one in Worcester.

Four other arrests were made:

  • one in connection with overloading in Beaufort West, 
  • one in connection with a stolen vehicle, and
  • two for excessive speed in Beaufort and Laingsburg.

Breath testing was performed on 1 688 drivers at 25 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Caledon service area. At 0.94 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is three times the legal limit of 0.24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

A total of 4 393 vehicles were screened for speeding and 537 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R276 850 were issued for a variety of reasons ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

Highest speeds recorded

  • 176 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in the Beaufort West service area, 
  • 126 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N2 in the Swellendam service area, and
  • 113 km/h in an 80 km/h on the N2 in the Knysna service area.

Details of the road fatalities

Date Location of crash Fatalities
Friday, 12 August 2016 N7 Dunoon 1 pedestrian
Sunday, 14 August 2016 N2 Jan Smuts Drive 1 pedestrian
Monday, 15 August 2016 N2/R300 Mitchells Plain 1 passenger

Speeding plays a causal and aggravating role in most fatal crashes on Western Cape roads. We encourage motorists to slow down, thereby greatly reducing their likelihood of being involved in a horrific crash that results in a senseless loss of life. We will continue to address speeding through awareness campaigns, enforcement activities, and the Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) camera enforcement network.

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Media Enquiries: 

Jacques Mostert
Provincial Traffic Spokesperson
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 7897
Cell: 082 820 0621

Beverline Thomas
Head of Communication
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 5256
Cell: 083 641 5030

You can follow the Department of Transport and Public Works on Twitter: @WCGovTPW