Thirteen killed on Western Cape roads this weekend
A preliminary report from the Western Cape Department of Health’s Forensic Pathology Services indicates that 13 road users died on the province’s roads over the weekend.
Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services arrested 33 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 27 and 28 May 2016. Six other arrests were made:
- one for bribery in Mossel Bay,
- one in connection with reckless and negligent driving in Mossel Bay, and
- four in connection with false documentation in Mossel Bay, Brackenfell, Somerset West and Worcester.
Breath testing was performed on 1 366 drivers at 23 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Somerset West service area. At 1.13 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is four times the legal limit of 0.24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
A total of 5 310 vehicles were screened for speeding and 914 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R204 700 were issued for a variety of reasons ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.
The highest speeds recorded were 172 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area; 133 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N2 in the Swellendam service area; and 100km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the N2 in the Somerset West service area.
|Date||Location of crash||Fatalities|
|Friday, 27 May 2016||Robertson||1 motorcyclist
|Friday, 27 May 2016||Caledon||1 pedestrian|
|Saturday, 28 May 2016||N7 Frankdale||1 pedestrian|
|Saturday, 28 May 2016||De Doorns||1 driver
|Saturday, 28 May 2016||R43 Wolseley/ Ceres||1 pedestrian|
|Sunday, 29 May 2016||Albertinia||1 driver|
|Sunday, 29 May 2016||Elsies River||1 driver
|Sunday, 29 May 2016||Atlantis||1 pedestrian|
|Sunday, 29 May 2016||Jakes Gerwel Drive||1 motorcyclist|