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26 Drunk drivers arrested over the weekend

20 March 2017

According to a preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services, seven fatalities were recorded on Western Cape roads this past weekend. Of the seven fatalities, four were drivers, two were passengers, and one was a pedestrian.
 
Over the weekend, Provincial Traffic Services conducted a total of 25 alcohol blitz operations and stopped a total of 2425 vehicles. Provincial traffic officers arrested 26 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on the 17th  and 18th of March 2017.
 
The highest breath alcohol reading of 1.16 mg/ 1000 ml was recorded in the Caledon service area. This was four times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
 
Six other persons were arrested for various transgressions including drivers being in possession of false documentation, and pedestrians arrested for being under the influence of alcohol.
 
119 speeding offences were recorded, with 254 fines issued for various violations amounting to R326 050.

The highest speeds recorded were:

  • 193 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N2 in the Mosselbay service area,
  • 149 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N2 in the Oudtshoorn service are, and
  • 116 km/h in a 80 km/h zone on the N1 in the Laingsburg service area.

We continue to, through our Safely Home initiative, run various awareness campaigns around the very serious dangers of reckless and negligent road use. Many pedestrians persist with walking on busy highways which is not only dangerous, but illegal. We urge all road users to use the road responsibly and with the necessary consideration of their own safety, as well as the safety of others.
 
The Safely Home theme for the month if March is “Personal Responsibility”, highlighting what each person can do to make our roads safer.
 
Join Safely Home on Twitter @WCGovSafely under the hashtag #BeTheChange to learn more about the campaign and share your thoughts on making our roads safer.

Media Enquiries: 

Kenny Africa
Provincial Traffic Chief
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 5114/ 7823
Cell: 084 562 4574
Email: Kenneth.Africa@westerncape.gov.za
 
Or
 
Jacques Mostert
Provincial Traffic Spokesperson
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 7897
Cell: 082 820 0621
Email: Jacques.Mostert2@westerncape.gov.za