111 motorists in WC arrested for drunk driving

The Western Cape's Mobility Department has once again appealed to motorists to not drink and drive.

This comes after 111 people were arrested in the past week for driving under the influence of alcohol. The previous week, 108 motorists were arrested for being three sheets to the wind.

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Between 27 December 2023 to 1 January 2024, twenty people lost their lives on the provinces roads. Of these, 13 were pedestrians.

At the same time, 7 665 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness, 26 vehicles were impounded and 124 were discontinued for being unroadworthy. Additionally, 413 speeding offences were recorded.

Mobility MEC, Ricardo Mackenzie, reminded motorists of the dangers od\f driving drunk.

‘’Drunk drivers pose a serious threat to themselves, their passengers, and other road users around them. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect a driver’s judgement and cause a fatal traffic crash. Please find a safer way to get home.’’

‘’The roads are still busy, with a bumper holiday season continuing in the Western Cape. Provincial Traffic Services have a strong presence on all the major routes. Our weekly operational results demonstrate clearly that there are severe consequences for those who ignore the rules of the road. Best case, it may be a hefty fine or an arrest. Worst case, the consequence is loss of life,’’ he added.

Done by: Mitchum George


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