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2015-10-27 09:16

14 KILLED ON WESTERN CAPE ROADS: The Western Cape traffic services confirmed that 14 people were killed on the province's roads over the weekend. (Oct 23/24) Image: File

Cape Town -  Western Cape traffic services said they stopped a total of 2 418 vehicles in 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province during this past weekend (October 23/24) .

The most alarming statistic from the weekend's incident were the 14 road users died on the province’s roads.

Drink driving

A total of 1 199 drivers were screened for being under the influence of alcohol and 35 arrests were made.

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The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in Vredendal. At 1.54 mg of alcohol/ 1000ml of blood, this is six times the legal limit of 0.24 mg/1000ml.

Speeding offences

A total of 224 vehicles were screened for speeding and 99 speeding offences were recorded. The province said a total of 264 fines in the amount of R382 750 were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver fitness to vehicle fitness infringements of the law.

Highest recorded speeds:

  • 160km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N1 in Brackenfell.
  • 144km/h in a 100km/h zone on the N2 in Swellendam.
  • 10km/h in an 80km/h zone on the N2 in Caledon.
  • 83km/h in a 60km/h zone on the N2 in Mossel Bay.

15 other motor-related arrests:

15 people arrested for various incidents across the province including two pedestrians who were under the influence in Vredendal.

  • 7 in connection with impoundments in Somerset West.
  • 2 in connection with impoundments in Brackenfell.
  • 1 in connection with impoundment in Knysna.
  • 2 drunken pedestrian arrests in Vredendal.
  • 2 in connection with false documentation in Somerset West.
  • 1 in possession of 16 bunches of methcathinone (aka CAT) in Brackenfell.

14 road deaths

Below is an breakdown of where the 14 deaths occurred in the province. Of the 14 deaths, 10 of them were pedestrians.  

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