Monday, May 09, 2022

19 people lost their lives on Western Cape roads in a space of a week

19 people have lost their lives on the Western Cape roads this past week. Of these,10 were pedestrians, 3 each were motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers.

Furthermore, officials arrested 51 suspects in the past 7 days, majority of these were for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Western Cape’s Department of Mobility urged citizens to refrain from drinking and driving. Spokesperson, Jandre Bakker says that if you are stopped by a traffic law enforcement officer and the officer suspects that you are over the legal limit, you will be arrested.

‘’Never drink and drive. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your judgement as a driver or a cyclist. Do not drive or cycle when you have been drinking. Make other arrangements to get home. If you are stopped by a traffic law enforcement officer and the officer suspects that you are over the legal limit, you will be arrested. If you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, you will have a criminal record,’’ said Bakker.

 ‘’Driving tired is as dangerous as driving drunk. The urge to sleep can distract you from driving safely. If you are tired, pull over and rest. On a long journey, plan to take rest breaks in safe places every two hours or 200 km.,’’ he added.

Bakker further advised: ‘’If you drive a public transport vehicle, be extra careful throughout your journey. Ensure the safety of your passengers at all times. If you experience a breakdown, never allow your passengers to get out of the vehicle into the roadway because this will endanger their lives. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and that your operating licence is in order. Ensure that you and all occupants are wearing a mask over their noses and mouths, and sanitising regularly.’’

The Department recorded 222 speeding offences between 3 & 8 May, and 6 215 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness in the total amount of R5.7 million


Done By: Mitchum George

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