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Three killed on Western Cape roads

27 November 2017

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

A total of 40 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Ten motorists were arrested in the George service area, 
  • seven in Vredenburg;
  • six in Caledon, 
  • four in Mossel Bay;
  • three in Swellendam, 
  • three in Worcester, 
  • three in Knysna, 
  • two in Somerset West, 
  • one in Brackenfell, and
  • one in Beaufort West.

In addition, traffic officers arrested four people:

  • One for excessive speed in Worcester area,
  • One for excessive speed in Beaufort West area,
  • One for reckless and negligent driving in Caledon, and
  • One for resisting arrest in Somerset West.

Breath testing was performed on 1 889 drivers at 24 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Vredenburg service area. At 1,25 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over five times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

A total of 534 speeding offences were recorded and 315 fines in the total amount of R373 050 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver to vehicle fitness violations.

Highest speeds

  • 173 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the N1 Worcester service area, and
  • 123 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the N2 Swellendam service area.

Details of the three road fatalities

Date Location of crash Fatalities
Saturday, 25 November 2017 – 02:02 N7 Du Noon  1 pedestrian
Sunday, 26 November 2017 – 20:43 Knysna area 1 motorcyclist
Monday, 27 November 2017 – 01:30 N1 between Leeu-Gamka and Prins -Albert Road area 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

Jacques Mostert
Provincial Traffic Spokesperson
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 7897
Cell: 082 820 0621