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City cracks down on drunk drivers and unsafe taxis

by City of Cape Town
on 23 Sep 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

A total of 11 motorists driving under the influence of alcohol were apprehended over the past few days in the city centre and in Camps Bay by Cape Town Traffic Services.

"Far too many road accidents are related to drunk driving, especially late at night or in the early hours of the morning," says Principal Inspector Merle Lourens, spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services.

As part of an on-going road safety campaign, traffic officers will increase their patrols between 9pm and 1am.

"We are also targeting unsafe and unlicensed taxis. During the past few days, six unroadworthy combi taxis were immediately suspended from use on a public road, and others were fined for driving with smooth tyres.

"Several taxi drivers were caught for driving unlicensed vehicles, or without driving licenses, road carrier permits or professional driving permits.

"We urge members of the public to report any reckless driving to 0860 POLICE (0860 765 423)," says Lourens.

ISSUED BY:

COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719

MEDIA QUERIES:

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


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