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City of Cape Town enforcement agencies had their hands full with drunk drivers and drag racers this past weekend. One driver managed to hit three different road signs before coming to a halt, while an unlicensed teenage taxi driver was also arrested after crashing to a stop. Read more below:
‘As the weather heats up, traffic offenders can be assured that so does the City’s clampdown on drivers who insist on breaking the law. This weekend, drag racing and drunk driving operations across the city led to several arrests,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
In a drag racing operation held in the Athlone/Mitchells Plain and Table View areas on Saturday 20 October 2018, traffic officers arrested 14 suspects, eight for driving under the influence of alcohol and six for negligent driving.
One of the suspects who was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol collided with a lamp pole, barrier and a speed camera before grinding to a halt. In addition, officers issued 622 fines for other offences.
In Table View last night, traffic officers noticed a vehicle driving recklessly and a high-speed chase ensued from Otto du Plessis Drive to the corner of Omarumba and Freedom Way, which only ended when the taxi collided with another vehicle.
The 18-year-old male driver was charged with failing to stop and ascertain injuries at an accident scene, failing to comply with a lawful instruction, failing to stop when called upon to do so and being an unlicensed driver.
The Drink Driving Awareness Unit conducted a number of roadblocks and arrested 32 suspects, 28 for driving under the influence of alcohol, four for outstanding warrants; and in addition issued 371 fines for various other offences.
The Table View drag racing operation led to the arrest of nine people for drunk driving and two for negligent driving. Officers also issued 279 fines for various other offences.
Also last night, in Lwandle officers arrested 20 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued 553 fines for various other offences. In the Strandfontein area, officers arrested 26 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued 1 054 fines for various other offences; while in the Belhar area officers arrested 19 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Another drag racing operation held in the Bothasig/Milnerton/Welgelegen and Panorama areas on Thursday led to the arrest of two people and the issuing of 646 fines for various other offences.
That same evening, the Ghost Squad attend to complaints in and around the Plattekloof area and concentrated on speeding and stop street offences.
Forty-three stop sign offences were recorded in Gert Van Rooyen and Rothschild Streets in the Wegelegen/Panorama area while one driver was arrested for reckless driving when his actions caused another motorist to swerve to avoid a collision, and another driver was arrested for drunken driving with blood alcohol registering almost three times the legal limit.
At about 22:30 a street racing event took place in Link Road, Montague Gardens and the team was redeployed to attend to this complaint where about 100 people and 40 vehicles were gathered to participate in illegal street racing. The area was cordoned off and 16 vehicles were suspended for not being roadworthy.
The Metro Police Department was also kept busy and arrested 38 offenders for drunk driving, one for reckless and negligent driving, two offenders for being in possession of suspected stolen property, 13 offenders for possession of drugs; and in addition issued 861 traffic fines and 116 by-law notices during this past week and over the weekend’s operations.
Metro Police officers also assisted 30 motorists along the N2 and R300 to prevent them from falling prey to criminal activity.
‘Not everyone escapes unharmed when they are stranded, especially along these routes. We continue to urge motorists to refrain from stopping for any reason and to remain alert at all times,’ said Alderman Smith.
Other safety tips:
• Do not pull over to answer your cell phone
• Be extra vigilant at intersections
• Do not leave handbags or other valuables on the passenger or back seats or where it is in plain sight
• Make sure your vehicle is in good working order and that you always have enough fuel to complete your journey
• It is illegal to stop along freeways unless in an emergency or because of a breakdown