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Three fatalities on Western Cape roads

28 November 2016

Report on weekend provincial traffic law enforcement operations

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

Provincial traffic officers arrested 22 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 25 and 26 November 2016. Five were arrested in the Caledon service area; five in Worcester; four in Somerset West; four in Swellendam; two in Knysna; one in Vredendal; and one in Mossel Bay.

Breath testing was performed on 2 210 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Somerset West service area. At 1,54 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over six times over the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

A total of 19 other arrests were made: 15 pedestrians for being under the influence of alcohol in Vredendal; one in connection with false documentation in Vredenburg; one for possession of dagga in George; one in connection with reckless driving in Mossel Bay; and one for possession of stolen heavy motor vehicle in Laingsburg.

A total of 63 vehicles were screened for speeding and 63 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R405 450 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded were 162 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Mossel Bay service area; 136 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Swellendam service area; and 105 km in an 80 km/h zone in the Knysna service area.

Details of road fatalities


 Location of crash      


 Sunday, 27 November 2016


 1 driver
 1 passenger

 Sunday, 27 November 2016


 1 passenger





Child pedestrians are far more likely to be killed in crashes. This is because they are generally shorter than adults and are more likely to be struck in the head or chest. They are also generally more difficult to see. You can make the roads safer simply by setting a good example of safe pedestrian behaviour, at all times, wherever you are. As a driver, you can help keep pedestrians safe by never speeding, and by making a deliberate point of slowing down whenever you notice people walking.

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Media Enquiries: 

Kenny Africa
Provincial Traffic Chief
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 5114/ 7823
Cell: 084 562 4574

Byron la Hoe
Communication Officer
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 9813
Cell: 079 281 8570