CoCT's law enforcement agencies arrested more than 1 200 suspects in April

The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement agencies arrested 1 233 suspects, in April.

In the last week of the month, officers made 327 arrests and issued more than 78 000 fines for various transgressions. Of those arrested, 70 were for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Metro Police officers led the charge, making 186 arrests and issuing 4 230 fines. Among those arrested were 75 for possession of drugs, 31 for driving under the influence of alcohol and six motorists for reckless and negligent driving. Officers also issued 4 230 fines.

Meanwhile, Law Enforcement Officers made 95 arrests and issued 3 245 notices.

Furthermore, Cape Town Traffic Service officers arrested 46 motorists – 39 for driving under the influence of alcohol and seven for reckless and negligent driving. They also executed 1 252 warrants of arrest, impounded 105 public transport vehicles and recorded 70 536 offences.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith urged motirists not to get behind the wheel when intoxicated.

‘’The statistics represent another very busy week for our enforcement services. It's likely that the combination of public holidays, long weekend and month end all contributed too, as people let their hair down. Our drunk driving statistics for one are not slowing down – an indication that far too many motorists continue to engage in risky behaviour by getting behind the wheel when they're clearly in no position to do so.’’

‘’I want to remind the motoring public that the use of breathalyzers was reinstated just over a month ago, after being suspended due to Covid-19. This means that we are now able to increase the number of drivers screened, and expedite sobriety tests. There is no excuse for driving drunk – if you can't find a volunteer to be the designated driver, or don't want to pay for a lift home, then best to stay over at your party venue, or stay sober,’’ added Smith.

The mayco member urged motorists who have ignored paying fines or court appearances to act immediately or risk ending up behind bars.


Done By: Mitchum George


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