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City blitz on drunk drivers and speed fiends

by City of Cape Town
on 10 Sep 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

During the past weekend alone, Cape Town Traffic Services caught a record total of 740 motorists for speeding in the CBD and in Sea Point.

"This included a motorist who was caught speeding at an irresponsible 187 km per hour in an 80 km zone on Table Bay Boulevard - as well as another motorist travelling at 148 km per hour in a 60 km zone on Western Boulevard," says Principal Inspector Merle Lourens, Spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services.

"Speeding and alcohol abuse play a huge role in road deaths and the City's traffic officers will be conducting regular speed checks and road blocks throughout the city in an effort to make Cape Town’s roads safer," says Lourens.

Of the 40 drivers tested for alcohol and the seven tested for drugs, 25 were arrested for driving vehicles under the influence of mind-altering substances.

Six people were arrested in Long Street for driving a vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol. Another 16, including one caught with the drug ecstasy, were arrested at a roadblock in Sea Point.

Traffic fines were also issued to 25 motorists driving in unlicensed motor vehicles, and five motorists for disregarding red traffic lights. Two unroadworthy vehicles were suspended from use on a public road.

Of the 207 parking offences recorded, 60 vehicles were towed away for illegal parking.

"Even if just one life was saved through this weekend's pro-active traffic blitz, then it was worth all the time and effort," says Lourens.


ISSUED BY:

COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719

MEDIA QUERIES:

PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR MERLE LOURENS
MEDIA SPOKESPERSON, CAPE TOWN TRAFFIC SERVICES
TEL: 021 406 8860 CELL: 072 200 1512


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