Results of Provincial Traffic Services traffic operations: 7 – 13 September 2020
Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services implemented a total of 82 integrated roadblocks, vehicle checkpoint and speed control operations across the province in the week of 7 to 13 September 2020, and 13 321 vehicles were stopped and checked.
A total of 145 speeding offences were recorded and 2 340 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness in the total amount of R1 951 250.
Ten vehicles were impounded and 54 were discontinued for unroadworthiness.
The highest speeds recorded were as follows:
- 160km/h in a 120 km/h zone
- 139 km/h in a 100 km/h zone
- 114 km/h in a 80 km/h zone
- 89 km/h in a 60 km/h zone
Disaster Management Act
A total of 11 charges were laid under the Disaster Management Act and fines to the value of R22 500 were issued.
National Road Traffic Act and Criminal Procedure Act
A total of 29 arrests were made for the following offences:
- 15 x driving under the influence of alcohol
- 6 x fraudulent documentation
- 2 x reckless/negligent driving
- 3 x speeding
- 1 x goods overloading
- 2 x possession of illegal substances (mandrax and meth) to the street value of R15 250.
Fatalities recorded between 7 and 13 September 2020
A total of 26 crashes occurred in the reporting period, and 26 fatalities were recorded:
- 3 x driver
- 1 x cyclist
- 3 x passenger
- 19 x pedestrian
A road safety message from the Department of Transport and Public Works
When you are driving whether alone or with passengers, getting yourself and your passengers safely to your destination should always be your top priority. Keep 100% of your attention on driving, do not use your cell phone and electronic devices, and slow down. Speeding gives you less time to respond to an emergency and increases the severity of crashes.
This week we experienced a high number of road traffic offences in respect of speeding, passenger overloading and driving without valid driver’s licences. This is an urgent appeal to all road users to allow for sufficient travel time, to make the correct choices while travelling on our roads, to not overload their vehicles, and to make sure that they have a valid driving licence when they get behind the wheel.
Despite the deployment of traffic law enforcement officers across the Western Cape, the number of crashes remained high and claimed the lives of many, including vulnerable road users. Pedestrians must ensure that they wear reflective or visible clothing at all times. Drivers must ensure that they are vigilant, and slow down near vulnerable road users such as children and old people.
Let us share our road space responsibly and safely.