Provincial Traffic Services arrested seven motorists this week for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
Since Monday, 11 April 2016, traffic officers have stopped a total of 15 047 vehicles in roadblocks across the Western Cape. Alcohol breath-testing was performed on 1 904 motorists. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Mossel Bay service area. At 1,13 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is almost five times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.
Details of DUI arrests:
- 1 in the Somerset West service area on 11 April.
- 1 in the Mossel Bay service area on 11 April.
- 2 in the Somerset West service area on 12 April.
- 1 in the Mossel Bay service area on 12 April.
- 1 in the Worcester service area on 12 April.
- 1 in the Mossel Bay service area on 13 April.
A total of three vehicles were impounded for being unlicensed and/ or unroadworthy, two of them in George. The licences of 14 vehicles were suspended until they have been certified as roadworthy and owners have renewed their vehicle licences. The largest number of suspended vehicles (4) was recorded in the George service area.
A total of 941 speeding fines in the amount of R59 500 were issued. The highest speeds were recorded on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area (180 km/h in a 120 km/h zone), on the N2 in the George service area (141 km/h in a 100 km/h zone), on the N2 in the Somerset West service area (106 km/h in a 90 km/h zone) and on the N2 in the Knysna service area (119 km/h in an 80 km/h zone). These drivers face heavy fines.
Two other arrests were made – one for reckless and negligent driving in Worcester, and one for excessive speed in Beaufort West (170 km/h in a 120 km/h zone). 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||187 totalling R173 750||31 totalling R17 500|
|Vredenburg||19 totalling R17 750||24 totalling R10 900|
|Vredendal||67 totalling R67 650||40 totalling R18 100|
|Worcester||64 totalling R59 550||22 totalling R10 700|
|Swellendam||78 totalling R63 050||49 totalling R24 200|
|Mossel Bay||63 totalling R54 900||30 totalling R21 100|
|Oudtshoorn||9 totalling R9 800||6 totalling R1 900|
|Beaufort West||136 totalling R157 800||51 totalling R28 000|
|Caledon||42 totalling R40 250||15 totalling R6 900|
|Knysna||42 totalling R35 000||29 totalling R13 300|
|George||137 totalling R110 100||47 totalling R20 600|
|Brackenfell||160 totalling R188 150||40 totalling R25 100|
|Laingsburg||48 totalling R56 400||38 totalling R28 000|
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.
Byron la Hoe
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 9813
Cell: 079 281 8570