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Traffic Services arrest 15 speedsters for drunk driving in Durbanville

by City of Cape Town
on 07 Mar 2011
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town Traffic officials arrested a total of 19 drunk drivers this weekend during special enforcement operations.


On Friday 04 March, the Technical Services Division of Cape Town Traffic Services conducted speed checks along Durbanville, Eversdal and Fairtrees Roads after receiving numerous complaints of motorists exceeding the speed limit and of illegal street racing.

The following speed-related cases were noted:
  • 300 offences recorded in Durbanville Road with the highest speed recorded at 146 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.
  • 27 offences in Eversdal Road with the highest speed recorded at 104 km/h.
  • 52 offences in Fairtrees Road with the highest speed recorded at 144 km/h.


"It is concerning that 15 motorists who were apprehended during the speed checks when they drove at speeds mostly in excess of 100 km/h, were also under the influence of alcohol. Breathalyzer tests revealed that one female motorist, who was caught driving at 143 km/h in a 60 km/h zone, had a breath alcohol reading of 1,36 mg per 1000 ml", said Chief Inspector Merle Lourens, Media Spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services.

During the course of general patrols in the Durbanville area over the weekend, another motorist was arrested for driving under the influence.

Thirty five other traffic-related offences such as inconsiderate driving, wheel spinning, vehicle defects and unlicensed drivers were also recorded this weekend.

On the R300 on Friday at approximately 21:00, a motorist drove at a high speed, continually flashed the vehicle's headlights and tailgated a Ghost Squad patrol vehicle, but was unaware that the vehicle he was tailgating belonged to the Ghost Squad. When it was safe to do so, the Ghost Squad officer changed lanes and further observed the driver's behaviour on the road. The motorist was pulled off, checked and was arrested on charges of drunk driving.

On Sunday afternoon at approximately 15:15, Traffic Officers arrested a hit and run suspect at the intersection of Nooiensfontein Road and Stellenbosch Arterial Road on charges of drunk driving and reckless or negligent driving, after the driver of a Toyota Run-X collided with a motor cycle on the N1, at the R300 off-ramp. Traffic Officers made the arrest after being informed by a member of the public that he saw the Toyota being involved in the collision.

The breath alcohol reading of the driver of the Toyota registered 0,89 mg per 1000 ml of breath. He was escorted back to the scene of the collision where it was determined that the motorcyclist and his passenger sustained slight injuries.

Drag racing operations in the Bellville and Ottery areas yesterday (Sunday, 06 March) led to the arrest of one drunk driver, nine vehicles being suspended due to mechanical defects, 22 other traffic-related offences and 497 motorists being charged for speeding.


END

ISSUED BY:
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
CHIEF INSPECTOR MERLE LOURENS, MEDIA SPOKESPERSON: TRAFFIC SERVICES
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 812 4570 CELL: 072 200 1512

KEVIN JACOBS
TRAFFIC SERVICES
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 812 4571 CELL: 083 264 9661


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