WC MEC sends stern warning to drunk drivers; WCG receives blood testing kits

The Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell has sent a stern warning to motorists driving under the influence of alcohol. This comes after Provincial Traffic Services last week arrested 81 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol.

‘’I want to send a stern warning to all drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol, that the law will take its course and there will be repercussions. Drunk drivers be warned. In the Western Cape we have a zero tolerance policy on drunk driving.’’

‘’If you are going out and consume alcohol, please get a designated driver or get a lift home. There is no excuse for drunk driving. The safety of all which is fundamental for the dignity of the province’s citizens is my top priority,’’ added Mitchell.

The department received blood testing kits on Monday. According to the MEC, the province has enough blood testing kits until April 2023.

‘’The kits received will assist Provincial Traffic Services to successfully continue to conduct drinking and driving operations across the province. The drawing of a blood sample will be for prosecutorial purposes, and we will continue with the same practice over the festive period to arrest motorists who feel they have the liberty to drive drunk and show blatant disregard for any other innocent road user,’’ said Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell.

Mitchell said the stock received does not affect the already shortage of drunk driving testing kits across the country.

Furthermore, the department recorded 26 fatalities on Western Cape’s roads between 21 to 27 November. Of these, 14 were pedestrians, 5 passengers, 4 drivers, 2 motorcyclists, and a cyclist died in the past week.


PICTURE: MEC Mitchell at Bush Radio

Done By: Mitchum George


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