12 Road fatalities during News Years weekend in Western Cape

03 January 2018 | From Arrive Alive


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

A total of 33 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Ten motorists were arrested in the George service area; five in the Vredendal service area; five in the Knysna service area; four in the Swellendam service area; three in the Worcester service area; two in the Mossel Bay service area; two in the Somerset West service area; one in the Caledon service area; one in the Beaufort West service area; and one in the Caledon service area.

In addition, traffic officers arrested ten people:

•    One for being in possession of false documentation in the Brackenfell service area;
•    Two for excessive speed in the Swellendam service area (speeds of 170 km/h and 145 km/h in a 100km/h zone respectively);
•    Three for excessive speed in the Somerset West service area (speeds of 139 km/h, 152 km/h and 155 km/h in a 80km/h zone respectively);
•    Two for excessive speed in the Beaufort West service area (speeds of 163 km/h and 164 km/h in a 120km/h zone respectively);
•    One for reckless and negligent driving in the George service area;
•    One for reckless and negligent driving in the Knysna service area;

Breath testing was performed on 3 069 drivers at 32 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Swellendam service area. At 1,47 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over six times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml. 

A total of 1149 speeding offences were recorded and 301 fines in the total amount of R445 000 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded were: 221 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Brackenfell service area; 170 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the N2 Swellendam service area; and 155 km/h in a 80 km/h zone in the N2 Somerset West service area.

Drivers under the influence put their own lives and those of their passengers in danger, and they endanger the lives of other road users. If you’re drinking, don’t drive or walk. Help us create booze-free roads. If you have friends or family who still drive under the influence, speak to them before they get into trouble with the law.
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