Fourteen arrested for drinking and driving this weekend
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|