Joint operation cracks down on illegal drags
By Kim Saulse
21 July 2009
City Traffic Services, the City’s Special Investigation Unit and the Provincial Traffic Department cracked down on illegal drag racing in Bellville on Sunday night.
A large number of spectators gathered to watch 350 dragsters burn rubber. The officers set up speed traps along La Belle Road and Peter Barlow Road. Sacks Circle was closed off to try and corner the road offenders.
“ We managed to stop about 85% of the vehicles and issued a number of traffic fines which included 27 unlicenced drivers.
“ Three were charged for dragging wheels and nine cars were suspended from use on a public road as they had too many defects,” said Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson Merle Lourens.
A total of 135 speed fines were also issued. One arrest was made after a man was caught speeding at 159 km/h to evade police capture. The man was arrested at his home.
Another motorist was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and being in possession of an illegal firearm.