Several motorists in the Western Cape will have to reach deep into their pockets after the Provincial Traffic Services recorded 454 speeding offences and issued 11 685 fines between January 3 and 9 (amounting to R11 445 250).
According to a statement by Western Cape Minister of Transport & Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, there has been a notable decrease in fatalities recorded on overall provincial roads last week, despite the higher traffic volumes resulting from many people returning home.
“While every death is one too many, these latest figures represent a significant improvement as a result of the work done by our Provincial Traffic Services who conduct 24/7 operations on provincial roads,” Mitchell said.
Even though the number of road fatalities decreased, there has still been a high number of drunk driving arrests week on week. The Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services implemented a total of 310 integrated roadblocks, vehicle check point and speed control operations across the province in the week of January 3 to 9 2022.
A total of 51 vehicles were impounded and 125 were discontinued for unroadworthiness.
The highest speeds recorded were as follows:
- 161 km/h in a 120 km/h zone
- 144 km/h in a 100 km/h zone
- 124 km/h in a 80 km/h zone
- 104 km/h in a 60 km/h zone
National Road Traffic Act, Criminal Procedure Act, and Disaster Management Act regulations
- A total of 54 arrests were made for the following offences:
- 23 x driving under the influence of alcohol
- 4 x speeding
- 6 x reckless and negligent driving
- 12 x possession of fraudulent documentation
- 5 x inducing an authorised officer or peace officer to act in conflict with his/ her duty.
- 1 x undocumented person
- 1 x theft of property (copper cables)
- 1 x possession of dagga
- 1 x pedestrian arrest (source of danger)
Fatalities recorded between January 3 and 9 2022
A total of 23 crashes occurred in the reporting period, and 25 fatalities were recorded:
- 1 x cyclist
- 6 x drivers
- 2 x motorcyclists
- 7 x passengers
- 9 x pedestrians
“I would like to use this opportunity to thank all law enforcement and EMS employees for their hard work during this very busy time,” concludes Mitchell.