WESTERN CAPE: 16 FATALITIES ON WESTERN CAPE ROADS FOR THE WEEKEND

Provincial Traffic Officers arrested 27 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 5 and 6 August 2016. Twelve were arrested in the Mossel Bay service area; five in George; three in Somerset West; three in Swellendam; two in Vredenburg; one in Vredendal; and one in Worcester.

Breath testing was performed on 1 703 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Vredenburg service area. At 1,16 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is five times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

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A total of 9 568 vehicles were screened for speeding and 1 047 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R349 800 were issued for a variety of reasons ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded were 170 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area; 141 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N2 in the Swellendam service area; and 109 km/h in an 80 km/h on the N2 in the Knysna service area.

Details of the road fatalities over the weekend follow:

 

Weekend fatalities

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Prince Alfred Hamlet – 3 passengers
N2 Grabouw – 1 pedestrian

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Worcester – 1 driver
Worcester – 1 driver
R304 Klipheuwel – 8 passengers

Monday, 8 August 2016

Grabouw – 1 driver, 1 passenger

Speeding plays a causal and aggravating role in most fatal crashes on Western Cape roads. We encourage motorists to slow down, thereby greatly reducing their likelihood of being involved in a horrific crash that results in a senseless loss of life.

We will continue to address speeding through awareness campaigns, enforcement activities, and the Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) camera enforcement network.

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