Illegal drag racing persists in the Mother City. The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service recently arrested 23 drag racers, of which 18 were under the influence of alcohol.

“It’s concerning that nearly 80% of the illegal street racers arrested were drunk drivers,” said the City’s Jermaine Carelse. “Racing is an illegal and dangerous activity. To add alcohol into the mix is downright criminal and irresponsible. It’s a blatant disregard for the law and the lives of other road users.”

In one street racing operation in Durbanville on Saturday [October 31], 14 suspects were netted, of which 12 were driving under the influence of alcohol.

“These figures are alarming as we head into the holiday season. I urge motorists not to become complacent about their road safety, and as tired you may be of hearing this message, do not drive drunk under any circumstances,” added Carelse.

“I also ask our motoring public not to allow impaired drivers behind the wheel of their vehicles. The annual carnage on our roads has to stop.”

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