Report on Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services operations
Report on Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services operations, 14 December – 17 December 2018
Forensic Pathology Services data indicates a total of 47 people were killed on Western Cape roads over the long weekend, 40% of whom were passengers. Provincial traffic officers of the Department of Transport and Public Works are doing everything in their power to create safer, booze-free roads during the festive season and beyond. However, they cannot do it alone. The Department expects all road users to play their part by practising good road safety habits, including wearing a seatbelt, even on the shortest trip.
Forty-nine people were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), an increase of four compared to last week’s 45. Motorists and pedestrians are again reminded that alcohol and roads don’t mix. If you drive under the influence, you face an increased risk of being in a crash in which people can get injured or killed. The highest breath alcohol reading recorded by provincial officers was 1,42 mg/ 1 000 ml in the Knysna service area, five times the legal limit of 0,24mg/1 000 ml.
A total of 136 speeding offences were recorded by provincial officers and 528 fines issued in the amount of R910 850 for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness violations.
The highest speeds recorded during the week were as follows:
- 157 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Brackenfell service area.
- 135 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Oudtshoorn service area.
- 115 km/h in an 80 km/h zone in the Somerset service area.
Details of other arrests:
- Six people were arrested for false documentation (three in Brackenfell, two in Vredenburg, and one in Swellendam).
- Two people were arrested for negligent driving in the Worcester service area.
- Two people were arrested for overloading (one in Worcester and one in Vredendal).
- Two foreign nationals were arrested in Brackenfell for not being in possession of required documentation.
The 47 road users killed in the Western Cape in the weekend under review comprised 19 passengers, 16 pedestrians, 11 drivers, and one motorcyclist.
We urge road users to be extra careful. Always obey the rules of the road – they are there for good reason. If you’re going to a party, make sure you don’t drink and drive, or walk. Find a safe way to get home.