Results of Safely Home Weekend Traffic Operations
Media Statement by Dan Plato, Minister of Community Safety
Under the banner of the Safely Home campaign, 2 794 vehicles were stopped at alcohol blitz roadblocks this weekend, with 1 009 drivers screened for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sixteen were arrested for the offence, with the highest breath alcohol reading recorded in Somerset West at 1.26 mg/1 000 ml.
A motorcyclist was also arrested on the N1 between Leeu Gamka and Beaufort West for speeding at 213 km/h in a 120 km/h zone.
605 speeding offences were recorded and a total of 387 fines were issued.
On Sunday morning, a 29-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car and lost his life on the N2 between Cape Town and Somerset West. A head-on collision between a car and a light delivery vehicle outside Laingsburg on the Beaufort West side claimed four lives yesterday.
Whilst this weekend's number of incidents and arrests might be just a statistic to many, it is not the case for those arrested and the families of those who lost their lives. I will therefore continue to urge all road users to consider the consequences of driving under the influence and speeding for their own sake and the sake of others.