Tuesday, October 04, 2022

City officials report a notable increase in drunk driving arrests

 The City of Cape Town’s enforcement departments reported an increase in drunk driving arrests.  According to the City's Traffic Service, 90 individuals were arrested in the past week, while 33 others were detained for Illegal Street racing over the weekend.

Sixty-nine motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, 19 for reckless and negligent driving, one for participating in an illegal street race and one for possession of a fraudulent driver's license.

Meanwhile 133 public transport vehicles were impounded, officers also executed 1 289 warrants of arrest and recorded 66 647 traffic violations.

The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith said that arrests for drunk drivers increased by 36 in the past week.

“It's the first weekend of the new month and could be attributed to the end of the month partying; however, that is no excuse to get behind the wheel inebriated as these drivers found out. For them it was a trip to jail, but for others it could be a ticket to the hospital or the morgue. As more people take to the road with the sunnier weather, I want to encourage drivers to be responsible. Do not drink and drive. It's not worth your life or that of your loved ones,' said JP Smith.

 


By Everngelista Muzaa

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