Cape Town roads claim six lives over weekend

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A total of 766 speeding offences were recorded and 148 fines were issued.

Six people died on Cape Town roads over the weekend, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said in a statement on Monday.

The department’s spokesperson Byron la Hoe said three passengers, two pedestrians and one driver died in six separate accidents.

He said authorities cracked down on speedsters over the weekend, arresting a driver caught speeding at 198 km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N1 highway in Brackenfell.

La Hoe said he would appear in court soon and faces a heavy fine

“Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services stopped a total of 1,750 vehicles in 21 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. Alcohol breath-testing was performed on 1,262 drivers and 18 were arrested. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in Vredenburg. At 1,21 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of blood, this is five times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.”

A total of 766 speeding offences were recorded and a total of 148 fines totalling R202 800 were issued for various traffic violations.

“Four other arrests were also reported – one for allegedly assaulting a traffic officer in Knysna; one in connection with false documentation in Somerset West; one in connection with impoundment in Somerset West and one for possession of dagga in Worcester. Suspects are expected to appear in court soon on these charges.”

The highest speed recorded was 203km/h in the Brackenfell service area.

La Hoe urged motorists to “create booze-free roads”.

“The simple fact is that alcohol and roads don’t mix. Whether you are driving, walking, or riding a motorbike or bicycle, even small amounts of alcohol can impair your ability to make decisions, operate a vehicle, or walk safely near traffic.”

-African News Agency (ANA)

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