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2014-06-30 15:11

WESTERN CAPE GETS TOUGH ON TRAFFIC: Western Cape MEC, Donald Grant, will continue the province’s “no-nonsense” approach to law enforcement following a weekend traffic blitz. Image: News24

CAPE TOWN - As school  holidays started (June 27 2014) in the Western Cape, provincial traffic enforcement cracked down on irresponsible drivers (June 27-29 2014).

Th transport and public works department reports that “22 alcohol blitz roadblocks” in  the Western Cape saw a total of 2168 vehicles stopped as part of a road-safety campaign.

The department's minister, Donald Grant, said: “We will be continuing with our 'no-nonsense' enforcement over coming months in partnership with our road-safety partners and the citizens of the Western Cape, as part of our winter operational plan.

“Road users must continue to support our efforts by behaving responsibly on our roads and with due regard for others travelling to and from their various destinations. “


According to the department, 962 drivers were screened for  driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in 26 arrests. Alarmingly, one of the highest *breath-alcohol readings was a driver in Knysna who returned a figure seven times the legal limit.

The department also reports that 10 246 vehicles were screened for speeding and 999 speeding offences were recorded. It said 257 fines were issued for various traffic violations totalling R176 400.

Highest speeds recorded:
• 182 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in Brackenfell.
• 177 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N1 in Caledon.
• 116 km/h in a 80 km/h zone on the N2 in Somerset West.

Other Arrests:
• 1 x possession of a illegal firearm (Somerset West)
• 1 x possession of illegal cigarettes to the value of R375 000,00 (Beaufort West)
• 1 x speed arrest for driving 163 km/h in 120 km/h zone (N2 - Mossel Bay)
• 1 x Speed arrest for driving 169 km/h in 120 km/h zone (N1 - Beaufort West)

Total fatalities reported June 27 – 29 2014: 19
•  Six people (driver, four passengers and a female infant) were killed when a truck and a sedan collided on the N7 near Moorreesburg on Saturday (June 28 2014).
• A driver was killed when his vehicle overturned on Papkuils Road, Darling, on  June 28.
• A pedestrian was killed in Stellenbosch on June 28.
• A pedestrian was killed in Saron on June 28.
• Five people were "burnt beyond recognition" in a head-on collision on Kanonkop Road, near Stellenbosch, on June 28.
• A truck overturned on R60 Robertson/Worcester Rd on Sunday (June 29).
• A pedestrian was killed in Bishop Lavis on June 29.
• A pedestrian was killed in Harare on June 29.
• A pedestrian  was killed Nyanga on June 29.
• A pedestrian was killed Heatherlands (Eden District - Southern Cape) June 29.

Drivers and road users are encouraged to call the Emergency Traffic Control Centre on (021) 812 4581 or report bad driving on Safely Home Reporter

*If you're puzzled by the current "alcohol limits" read what the Automobile Association of SA has to say.

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