Seven Die On Western Cape Roads This Weekend
Seven road users died over the weekend on Western Cape roads, including three passengers in a single crash in Caledon. Arrests for drunken drivers are still common despite continued warnings by traffic authorities that alcohol and roads don’t mix.
Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services stopped a total of 3 044 vehicles in 28 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. Alcohol breath-testing was performed on 1 595 drivers and 23 were arrested.
The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in Somerset West. At 1.17 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of blood, this is almost five times the legal limit of 0.24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
In addition, a total of 7 388 vehicles were screened for speeding and 491 speeding offences were recorded. A total of 282 fines in the amount of R337 800 were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver fitness violations to vehicle fitness infringements of the law.
Three other arrests were also reported – one for overloading in Swellendam, one for possession of dagga in Somerset West, and one in connection for fraud in George. Suspects are expected to appear in court soon.
The highest speeds were recorded on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area (178 km/h in a 120 km/h zone), on the N2 in the Swellendam service area (128 km/h in a 100 km/h zone) and on the R27 in the Vredenburg service area (121 km/h in an 80 km/h zone).
Help us to create booze-free roads. The simple fact is that alcohol and roads don’t mix. Whether you are driving, walking, or riding a motorbike or bicycle, even small amounts of alcohol can impair your ability to make decisions, operate a vehicle, or walk safely near traffic. If you have friends or family who still drive under the influence, speak to them before they get into trouble with the law.
Recorded Road Fatalities
Friday, 4 December 2015
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Department of Transport and Public Works
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