A total of seven people lost their lives on various Western Cape roads over the weekend, six of them pedestrians. According to Western Cape Chief of Traffic Kenny Africa, the seventh person was a passenger.
This particular fatality occurred in Wellington, while the other fatalities occurred in Malmesbury, Observatory, De Doorns, Saldanha, and Philipi.
Several roadblocks were also implemented throughout the province on the weekend, and more than 1 662 vehicles stopped.
“About 777 drivers were tested for alcohol. We arrested 24 drunken drivers, the highest reading was 1.37mg per 1000ml – five times over the legal limit in Caledon. Four people were arrested for being in possession of false documentations; three of them were arrested in Beaufort West and one in Swellendam,” Africa said to News24.
“Two speedsters were arrested, one was caught doing 149km/h in a 120km/h zone in Beaufort West and the second one was nabbed while doing 116km/h in a heavy motor vehicle in Laingsburg.”
Three people were also arrested for possession of illegal substances in Beaufort West, and a total of R359 200 was issued in fines throughout the province.
More than 436 drivers were also found to have exceeded various speeding limits.
“The highest speed recorded in the Western Cape province since the start of this weekend was 165km/h in a 120 zone in Vredendal. Another motorist clocked 105km/h in an 80 zone Somerset West, another was caught driving at 100km/h in a 60 zone also in Somerset West, the last was one was a truck driver who drove at 116 km/h in a heavy motor vehicle, in Laingsburg,” Africa said.