Western Cape Mobility Department laments reckless behaviour, as drunk driving figures quadruples

The Western Cape’s Mobility Department said it is alarmed by the number of arrests made in relation to drunk driving.

According to figures from the department, between 11-17 December 2023, 103 motorists were arrested for being three sheets to the wind. This number has more than quadrupled to the previous week’s 25 arrests made.

‘’The festive season is in full swing, and we are deeply concerned about the rising numbers of traffic crashes and fatalities on our roads. We need road users to take this situation seriously and obey the rules of the road,’’ said Ricardo Mackenzie, Western Cape Mobility MEC.

In the same period, thirty people lost their lives on the province’s roads, with half of these being pedestrians.

‘’The actions that keep people alive on the roads are simple - buckle up, check your vehicle and tyres, do NOT drink and drive, do NOT speed or take chances overtaking dangerously, stop and rest when tired or every 200km,’’ said Mackenzie.

The MEC also lamented the reckless behavior of truck drivers.

‘’Road freight companies - which are key to keeping our economy running - must ensure their truck drivers behave safely and are not under pressure to take risks. I have been flabbergasted watching large tucks overtaking two or three other trucks without adequate visibility. Or drivers not taking rest breaks to combat fatigue. Just one driver falling asleep at the wheel can have fatal consequences for many,’’ said Ricardo Mackenzie, Western Cape Mobility MEC.

Mackenzie urged road users to abide by the rules of the road

‘’Our Provincial Traffic Officers are out in full force working closely with the South African Police Services and local authorities and doing an amazing job to ensure everyone arrives safely home. But we need to see road users stepping up and working with us to combat road crashes and fatalities this festive season.’’

He added that the figures for crashes and fatalities since the beginning of December will be released in a Mid-Festive Season Report later this week.


Done By: Mitchum George


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