Monday, February 23, 2015

22 drivers arrested for drunken driving during roadblocks

Jaimie-faith Poonah
23 February 2015

Western Cape traffic authorities over the past weekend conducted 24 roadblocks across the province of which 2 154 vehicles were stopped and checked.

1 419 drivers were tested for alcohol and 22 drivers were arrested for drinking and driving.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said: “The highest speed in the Western Cape province reported since Friday was 174 in a 120 zone on the N1 near Brackenfell, 157 in a 100 zone near Worcester, 113 in an 80 zone in Vredendal, 149 in a 100 zone in Oudtshoorn. There were 10 fatalities reported since Friday morning 6 am until 6 pm. This morning a driver lost his life in a motor vehicle accident in Fish Hoek. A motor cyclist also died in Maitland and then there was a few pedestrians that who got killed in motor vehicle accidents, one in Mfuleni, another one in Table View, one in Delft, one pedestrian died in Elsies River, one in Harare and then the Southern Cape in Netherlands also one pedestrian died which brings the total fatalities to stand on for the weekend so far.”

Meanwhile also during the roadblocks traffic authorities tested the speed of 6 042 vehicles of which 582 drivers were prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said: “We arrested 22 drivers of which the highest reading was 0.92 milligrams per 1000 millimetres and that was in the Mossel bay region.”

“We also arrested one driver for being in possession of dagga in the Somerset West region, another driver who was arrested also in Somerset West region for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm, a one speedster arrested in Swellendam for doing 152 km/hour in a 100 zone and then there was three reckless and negligent drivers, one in Beaufort west and the other two in Somerset west area.” Africa continued.



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