City of Cape Town expresses concern over high MVAs, fatalities and drunk driving arrests

With the festive season fast approaching, the City of Cape Town has raised concerns about the recent high statistics of drunk driving arrests, motor vehicle accidents and fatalities recorded.

This comes after 110 driving arrests, 77 motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents and numerous fatalities were captured by officials in the past week.

The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said the increasing data are of grave concern in the metro.

“These statistics are incredibly concerning, because once again it illuminates the very poor adherence to the rules of the road. This continued carnage is an indictment on our society, because so much of it relates directly to the mindset, attitude and behaviour of a person in the driving seat of a vehicle”, he said.

“It's also further proof that road safety is a year-round crisis, and not just over the holiday periods. When and where do we draw the line? Road safety is not a joke. Losing a loved one because of their own reckless actions, or the actions of another road user is no laughing matter … so when will we start treating it with the seriousness it deserves?”, Smith added.


By Lulama Klassen


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