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 Somerset West service area,
- five in Beaufort West,
- five in George,
- three in Brackenfell,
- three in Vredenburg,
- three in Caledon,
- three in Worcester,
- two in Swellendam, and
- one in Oudtshoorn.
In addition, traffic officers arrested five drivers for excessive speeding:
- four on the N1 near Beaufort West, and
- one on the R45 near Hopefield.
Breath testing was performed on 1 354 drivers at 25 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the George service area. At 1,10 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over four times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
A total of 146 speeding offences were recorded and 226 fines in the total amount of R339 800 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.
Highest speeds recorded
- 185 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area, and
- 142 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area.
Details of road fatalities
|Date||Location of crash||Fatalities|
|Friday, 15 September 2017||N1 Okavango||1 driver|
|Friday, 15 September 2017||R328 Oudtshoorn/ Mossel Bay||1 passenger|
|Saturday, 16 September 2017||R328 Oudtshoorn/ Mossel Bay||3 passengers|
|Saturday, 16 September 2017||N1 Touws River||1 driver|
|Sunday, 17 September 2017||N7 Atlantis||1 driver|