Twenty-one arrested for drinking and driving this weekend
A preliminary report from the Western Cape Department of Health’s Forensic Pathology Services indicates that five road users died on the province’s roads over the weekend.
Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services arrested 21 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 20 and 21 May 2016.
Five other arrests were made:
- two in connection with false documentation in Swellendam,
- one in connection with false documentation in Worcester,
- one drunken pedestrian in Vredendal,
- and one for excessive speed in Mossel Bay (154 km/h in a 100 km/h zone).
Breath testing was performed on 1 842 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Worcester service area. At 1.01 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 3 118 vehicles were screened for speeding and 804 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R265 850 were issued for a variety of reasons ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.
The highest speeds recorded were:
- 166 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area,
- 154 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N2 in the Mossel Bay service area, and
- 99 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the N2 in the Somerset West service area.
Details of the road fatalities over the weekend follow:
|Date||Location of crash||Fatalities|
|Friday, 20 May 2016||Villiersdorp||2 pedestrians|
|Friday, 20 May 2016||Somerset West||1 pedestrian|
|Sunday, 22 May 2016||Sir Lowry’s Pass||1 cyclist|
|Sunday, 22 May 2016||Joostenberg Vlakte||1 pedestrian|