Seven killed on Western Cape roads this weekend
A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that seven people died on the province’s roads over the weekend.
A total of 31 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend.
- Six motorists were arrested in the George service area,
- five in Caledon,
- four in Brackenfell,
- four in Vredenburg,
- three in Knysna,
- two in Somerset West,
- two in Worcester,
- two in Mossel Bay,
- one in Beaufort West,
- one in Swellendam,
- and one in Vredendal.
In addition, traffic officers made two arrests:
- One for false documentation in Somerset West, and
- One for illegal transportation of 34 bags of dagga in Laingsburg.
Breath testing was performed on 1 851 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Beaufort West service area. At 1,75 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over seven times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
A total of 221 speeding offences were recorded and 167 fines in the total amount of R337 450 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.
- 156 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the George service area, and
- 135 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Mossel Bay service area.
Details of road fatalities
|Date||Location of crash||Fatalities|
|Friday, 8 September 2017||N7 between Malmesbury and Moorreesburg||1 driver|
|Friday, 8 September 2017||Stanford||1 driver|
|Saturday, 9 September 2017||Old Paarl Rd, Brackenfell||1 passenger|
|Saturday, 9 September 2017||Worcester/ Wolseley Rd||1 pedestrian|
|Sunday, 10 September 2017||Hermon Rd, Riebeck Kasteel||3 passengers|