Five killed on Western Cape roads
A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that five people died on the province’s roads over the weekend.
A total of 39 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Twelve motorists were arrested in the Mossel Bay service area,
- eight in Vredenburg,
- six in Swellendam,
- five in George,
- two in Somerset West,
- two in Knysna,
- two in Vredendal,
- one in Beaufort West, and
- one in Oudtshoorn.
In addition, traffic officers arrested six people:
- Four drivers for excessive speeding in Beaufort West,
- One driver for overloading in Brackenfell, and
- One drunk pedestrian in Swellendam.
Breath testing was performed on 1 375 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Vredendal service area. At 1,17 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over four times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
A total of 120 speeding offences were recorded and 251 fines in the total amount of R303 300 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.
- 168 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area, and
- 125 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Laingsburg service area.
Details of road fatalities
|Date||Location of crash||Fatalities|
|Friday, 27 October 2017||N1 Paarl||1 pedestrian|
|Saturday, 28 October 2017||Prince Albert||1 driver|
|Saturday, 28 October 2017||N2 Somerset West||1 driver|
|Saturday, 28 October 2017||Tygervalley Road||1 driver|
|Saturday, 28 October 2017||N2 Rock View, Grabouw||1 pedestrian|