Monday, July 18, 2022

Western Cape Mobility MEC sends stern warning to speeding motorists

Western Cape Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell has sent out a stern warning to motorists disobeying the rules of the road, especially to those speeding.

The department handed out 404 speeding offences in the past week. Last week, officials wrote 229 speeding offences.

‘’I want to send a stern warning to all drivers who are speeding and those who are not complying with the rules of the road. I want to caution drivers and all road-users to keep within the speed limit.’’

‘’Speeding is a serious concern. The faster you drive, the less time you have to respond to an emergency and the more space you need to stop to avoid a crash. Speeding is irresponsible and dangerous,’’ added Mitchell.

The highest speeds recorded this week were as follows:

·        167 km/h in a 120 km/h zone

·        161 km/h in a 100 km/h zone

·        124 km/h in a 80 km/h zone

·        94 km/h in a 60 km/h zone

 

Furthermore, 7 987 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness. Twenty-three vehicles were impounded and 39 were discontinued for unroadworthiness. Traffic officials arrested 59 suspects for various offences, the bulk of these were for driving under the influence of alcohol (41).

Sadly, 30 people lost their lives on the provinces roads between 11 – 17 July 2022. Of these, 14 were pedestrians, 9 were drivers, 4 passengers, and one each for fell off vehicle, cyclist, and motorcyclist. A total of 29 crashes occurred in the reporting period.

‘’Never speed. Speeding is especially risky when visibility is poor and when roads are wet. Speeding drivers risk the lives of the people in their vehicles, and the lives of others. It is best to travel slowly and carefully. It’s the only way that you will be able to react to emergencies in time,’’ said Western Cape Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell.

 

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Done By: Mitchum George

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