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Seven fatalities on Western Cape roads

31 October 2016

Report on weekend provincial traffic law enforcement operations

A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that seven road users died on the province’s roads over the weekend.

Provincial traffic officers arrested 29 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 28 and 29 October 2016. Ten were arrested in the Mossel Bay service area; six in George; five in Swellendam; two in Vredendal; two in Caledon; two in Worcester; one in Brackenfell; and one in Oudtshoorn.

Breath testing was performed on 1 887 drivers at 25 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Swellendam service area. At 1,65 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over six times over the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

In addition, seven arrests were made: three pedestrians for walking under the influence of alcohol in Vredendal; one pedestrian for walking under the influence of alcohol in George; one in connection with false documentation in Worcester; one in connection with false documentation in Vredenburg; and one for assaulting a traffic officer in Worcester.

A total of 515 vehicles were screened for speeding and 47 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R376 300 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded were 147 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area; 137 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Swellendam service area; and 103 km in an 80 km/h zone in the Somerset West service area.

Details of road fatalities

 Date

 Location of crash

 Fatalities

 Saturday, 29 October 2016

 N1 Beaufort West

 1 passenger

 Saturday, 29 October 2016

 R61 Aberdeen

 1 pedestrian

 Saturday, 29 October 2016

 Saldanha

 1 motorcyclist

 Sunday, 30 October 2016

 Oudtshoorn

 1 driver

 Sunday, 30 October 2016

 N1 Beaufort West

 2 drivers
 1 passenger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comprehensive road safety education for children requires the involvement of traffic officers, parents, teachers and other adults in a community. Together, we can set a good example for children by consistently adhering to the rules of the road.

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Media Enquiries: 

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

Byron la Hoe
Communication Officer
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 9813
Cell: 079 281 8570
Email: byron.lahoe@westerncape.gov.za

You can follow the Department of Transport and Public Works on Twitter: @WCGovTPW