Traffic officers arrested 10 people in a drag racing operation held in the Atlantis area yesterday, nine of which were driving under the influence of alcohol.
This comes after the City of Cape Town’s enforcement departments made more than 140 arrests and issued more than 62 000 fines during the past week, as per the City’s website. Drunken speedsters were amongst the 140 people who were arrested.
The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith expressed that these drivers show little regard for both their own lives and the lives of others. He went on to say that “Drunk driving and drag racing are a dangerous, and potentially fatal, combination. Drivers who are inebriated not only have slower reflexes and poor judgement, but they’re more likely to do something irresponsible and dangerous.”
Meanwhile, officers arrested four people on Thursday, August 12 in a similar operation which took place in Bellville, Parow and Goodwood. Two of the four people were driving drunk.
Alderman Smith urged drivers to be responsible while adding that “Driving drunk, then taking part in an illegal activity, is a recipe for disaster. The consequences are not worth the risk.”
Traffic officers also impounded 57 vehicles, 81 cell phones and issued 57 867 fines, the City of Cape Town reports.
In addition, Metro Police officers made 43 arrests in the past week, 16 of which were for the possession or sale of drugs, nine for contact crimes and five for domestic violence.
Drugs confiscated include:
1 x unit heroin
8 x Mandrax tablets
2 x bankie Tik
1 x packet of Tik
5 x stoppe dagga
16 x bankies dagga