Monday, September 19, 2022

CoCT's raises concerns over drunk driving

The City of Cape Town’s Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, has raised concern over the number of motorists arrested for drunk driving, in the past week.

Officers apprehended more than 80 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Sunday morning, Metro Police officers were on crime prevention patrols in the Ottery and Wetton areas where they arrested six male suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol.  The suspects aged between 27 and 61 years were detained at Lansdowne police station.

Cape Town Traffic officers arrested 78 suspects of which 70 were for driving under the influence of alcohol and eight for reckless and negligent driving.  Metro Police officers arrested 119 suspects which included 59 for illegal possession of drugs and 13 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

‘’The number of motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol is a concern and shows that some motorists are willing to take the risk. The danger that drunk drivers cause extend further than their own safety – they are a danger to passengers, other road users and pedestrians. They also show a lack of respect and responsibility and a disregard for traffic regulations. If found guilty a driver will have a criminal record with far reaching consequences,'’ said the City's Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.

Smith also raised concerns over the number of prank calls being made to the Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC).

The PECC received 1 724 calls  over the past weekend, of which 747 were medical emergency related calls. The centre also dealt with 98 physical assault incidents and fielded 121 prank calls.

‘’The increase in prank calls is a reason for concern as it is wasting time and impacts on callers with a serious emergency trying to phone for assistance,’’ said Smith.

PICTURE - Wayne McKay: Mayco member JP Smith at Bush Radio


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