Provincial Traffic Services arrested nine motorists this week for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
Since Monday, 4 April 2016, traffic officers have stopped a total of 21 814 vehicles in roadblocks across the Western Cape. Alcohol breath-testing was performed on 2 573 motorists. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Beaufort West service area. At 1,03 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this four times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
Details of DUI arrests:
- 1 in the Worcester service area on 4 April.
- 1 in the Somerset West service area on 4 April.
- 1 in the Beaufort West service area on 5 April.
- 1 in the Brackenfell service area on 5 April.
- 2 in the George service area on 6 April.
- 1 in the Mossel Bay service area on 6 April.
- 1 in the Somerset West service area on 6 April.
- 1 in the Worcester service area on 7 April.
A total of four vehicles were impounded for being unlicensed and/ or unroadworthy. The licences of 21 vehicles were suspended until they have been certified as roadworthy and owners have renewed their vehicle licences. The largest numbers of suspended vehicles (7) was recorded in the Brackenfell service areas.
Speeding fines in the amount of R25 000 were issued. The highest speeds were recorded on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area (184 km/h in a 120 km/h zone), on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area (158 km/h in a 100 km/h zone), on the R362 in the Vredendal service area (137 km/h in an 80 km/h) and on the N2 in the Knysna service area (93 km/h in a 60 km/h zone). These drivers face heavy fines and will appear in court soon.
Six other arrests were made – two for reckless and negligent driving in Somerset West, one in connection with false documentation in Laingsburg, one in connection with false documentation in Beaufort West and two for excessive speed in Beaufort West and Laingsburg (176 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the first case and 171 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the second). The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.
Breakdown of fines issued for various traffic violations
|TRAFFIC CENTRE||DRIVER-RELATED OFFENCES AND FINES (SAFETY BELT OFFENCES, OVERLOADING, INVALID DOCUMENTATION AND ILLEGAL USE OF CELLPHONE)||VEHICLE-RELATED OFFENCES AND FINES (VEHICLE LICENCE, BRAKES, LIGHTS, TYRES, NUMBER PLATES)|
|Somerset West||276 totalling R272 050||41 totalling R27 600|
|Vredenburg||75 totalling R66 190||24 totalling R11 800|
|Vredendal||89 totalling R82 650||54 totalling R24 400|
|Worcester||226 totalling R247 350||58 totalling R37 300|
|Swellendam||81 totalling R69 350||61 totalling R27 500|
|Mossel Bay||76 totalling R80 100||38 totalling R21 500|
|Oudtshoorn||19 totalling R32 600||21 totalling R12 600|
|Beaufort West||103 totalling R131 700||56 totalling R30 800|
|Caledon||103 totalling R105 100||33 totalling R19 600|
|Knysna||50 totalling R44 100||39 totalling R22 400|
|George||105 totalling R86 300||57 totalling R24 900|
|Brackenfell||277 totalling R353 500||47 totalling R28 000|
|Laingsburg||34 totalling R36 000||22 totalling R10 400|
The Department of Transport and Public Works is encouraging road users to #BeTheChange that they want to see on Western Cape roads. They can do this by not drinking and driving, by buckling up in the front and back at all times, by not using a cell phone while driving, by driving carefully and considerately, and by always remaining within the speed limit.