WESTERN CAPE NEWS - Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services implemented a total of 92 integrated roadblocks, vehicle checkpoint and speed control operations across the province between 14 to 20 September.
A total of 12 578 vehicles were stopped and checked, 236 speeding offences were recorded and 2 282 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness in the total amount of R1 880 400.
One vehicle was impounded and 87 were discontinued for unroadworthiness.
The highest speeds recorded were as follows:
- 160 km/h in a 120 km/h zone
- 144 km/h in a 100 km/h zone
- 114 km/h in a 80 km/h zone
- 94 km/h in a 70 km/h zone
- 104 km/h in a 60 km/h zone
Disaster Management Act
A total of 4 charges were laid under the Disaster Management Act and fines to the value of R7 500 were issued.
National Road Traffic Act and the Criminal Procedure Act
A total of 41 arrests were made for the following offences:
- 19 x driving under the influence of alcohol
- 3 x fraudulent documentation
- 2 x reckless/negligent driving
- 15 x speed
- 1 x crimen injuria
- 1 x bribery
Fatalities recorded between 14 and 20 September 2020
A total of 12 crashes occurred in the reporting period, and 14 fatalities were recorded:
- 3 x driver
- 1 x cyclist
- 1 x passenger
- 9 x pedestrian.
A road safety message from the Department of Transport and Public Works
The number of crashes in the Western Cape remains high and has claimed the lives of many people. Our greatest concern is for pedestrians, who are particularly vulnerable road users. If you walk near roads, wear reflective or visible clothing, especially at night and when visibility is poor.
If you are a driver, be vigilant, especially when you travel near pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
“As the country moved to Alert Level 1, I am concerned about speeding on our roads and driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Minister of Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela. “As the long weekend approaches, I appeal to those who will be travelling to ensure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition. Provincial Traffic Services is working around the clock to combat lawlessness on the road. Our officers will be deployed in strategic locations during the upcoming long weekend to curb driving under the influence,” he added.
This is an urgent appeal to motorists going on long journeys to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy. Plan your journey so that there is enough time to take rest breaks. Keep within the applicable speed limit. Never drink and drive. Driving under the influence is a criminal offence and will be treated as such by our traffic officers. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your judgement and slow down your reactions.
Let us share our road space responsibly and safely.
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