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Traffic Services arrest 17 for drunk driving and nab 625 speedsters

by City of Cape Town
on 22 Mar 2011
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town Traffic Services officers arrested a total of 17 drunk drivers and recorded 625 speeding offences and 157 other traffic-related offences during special drag racing operations held over the weekend.

On Friday 18 March, Traffic Services conducted speed checks along Durbanville, Eversdal and Fairtrees Roads, after receiving numerous complaints regarding illegal street racing and motorists exceeding the speed limit in the area.

The following speed-related cases were noted:
  • 216 offences in Durbanville Road, with the highest speed recorded at 112 km/h in a 60 km/h zone
  • 31 offences in Eversdal Road, with the highest speed recorded at 116 km/h in a 60 km/h zone
  • 38 offences in Fairtrees Road, with the highest speed recorded at 125 km/h in a 60km/h zone

Another 48 other traffic-related offences were recorded during this operation on Friday. This included three drivers that were fined for wheel spinning and six people charged for driving unroadworthy vehicles. Traffic Services arrested 15 drunk drivers during this operation.

Traffic Services also held drag racing operations in Bellville, Brackenfell and Ottery on Sunday 20 March. Two people were arrested for drunk driving during this operation.

A total of 164 speeding offences were recorded on Old Paarl Road and two tow truck drivers were arrested for reckless or negligent driving, after they raced past the speed checks. The highest speed recorded on Old Paarl Road was 133 km/h in a 60 km/h zone, with the speedster being one of the two arrested tow truck drivers.

In Okavango Road, 176 speeding offences were recorded, with the highest speed being 144 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.

During the operation on Sunday, 109 other traffic-related offences were recorded. This includes:
  • 26 vehicles suspended for being unroadworthy
  • 31 unlicensed drivers fined
  • 22 unlicensed motor vehicles charged
  • 12 motor vehicles stopped for failing to display number plates

"Speeding drivers are major contributors to road accident statistics. Excessive speeding reduces reaction time and extends braking distances when trying to stop a vehicle," said Chief Merle Lourens, media Spokesperson: Traffic Services.


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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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