With over 80 arrests of drunk drivers made in the last week with an additional 23 arrests made at an illegal drifting and spinning event, City enforcement agencies are increasingly concerned about the high rate of drunk driving on the metro roads.
The City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says that the City is committed to ensuring the safety of all road-users.
“The combination of drunk driving and illegal street racing is a double threat to those who partake in these activities, but also law abiding road users who far too often fall victim to the actions of reckless and negligent drivers. Motorists who break the law should know that the City’s enforcement agencies will clamp down on illegal activities – whether you are fined, arrested or a warrant is issued, it all adds up. We will keep on enforcing road traffic rules and bring those offenders to book.”
In the last week, Cape Town’s Traffic Services and Metro Police Department made 125 arrests and issued 1 676 fines for various traffic and by-law offenses. A total of 83 arrests out of the 125 were on the charges of driving under the influence and 34 of those arrested were taken into custody for outstanding warrants.
On Sunday, local enformcenet intercepted an illegal drifting and spinning event in the Scottsdene area, where 23 operate arrests were made for drunk driving. The highest breath-alcohol reading at the event was nearly five times over the legal limit, measuring at 1.16mg per 1000 ml.
Two motorists were arrested on Friday after they were involved in a collision at Prince George Drive and Prince’s Vlei road and found to have been driving under the influence.