Several motorists got a rude awakening during early morning random breath testing stops by the City’s Traffic Service. Read more below:
City of Cape Town traffic officers netted eight motorists for drunk driving in Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town early morning of 23 July 2017.
The arrests formed part of the random breath testing project currently under way. One of those arrested had a reading of 0,64 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, which is nearly three times the legal limit.
‘I need to impress upon members of the public that the effects of the night before linger far longer than many might imagine. If you’ve had a hard night of drinking, rather steer clear of driving for a while longer to avoid the situation that these motorists were caught in. In the morning, some drivers are still affected by the significant alcohol consumed the night before. It is also worth noting that roadblocks are no longer middle-of-the-night occurrences, but happen around the clock and you can be caught at any time. So, if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive for at least 12 to 24 hours afterwards,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
In addition to the eight arrests in the south peninsula, traffic officers arrested 101 motorists at five roadblocks over the weekend in Somerset West, Maitland, Woodstock, Kuils River and Langa.
Various operations focusing on illegal drag-racing in the Bellville area saw seven arrests for drunk driving and six for reckless and negligent driving. In the southern peninsula, 12 motorists were arrested for outstanding warrants, 68 warrants were served, and 16 motorists were released on a warning.
During a taxi operation in Bellville, officers impounded four vehicles and issued just over 200 fines for various transgressions. They also arrested a taxi driver for drunk driving.
Metro Police arrested 20 drunk drivers during their weekend operations, but the biggest success came in Hanover Park on Sunday, 23 July 2017 when the Gang and Drug Task Team spotted a suspect who started running as soon as he saw the officers. They gave chase and, during the pursuit, the suspect threw something over a wall. They caught the suspect and when they went back to the spot where he disposed of the items he had in his possession, officers found nine .45 mm rounds of ammunition and arrested the 18-year-old.
Officers then received a tip-off from the public that led them to a house in the area. A search of a bungalow in the backyard revealed a .38 Taurus revolver, 32 x .38 special rounds of ammunition, and 10 rounds of shotgun ammunition. The officers also noticed that the soil in the yard had been disturbed and started digging. They found 200 dagga ‘stoppe’, 10 rounds of shotgun ammunition, nine .45 mm rounds of ammunition, 13 x 7.62 rounds of ammunition, 14 x 306 mm rounds of ammunition, two 9 mm pistol magazines, two rifle magazines, and 59 x .223 rifle rounds. A 42-year-old suspect was arrested for being in possession of unlicensed firearm, ammunition and drugs.
‘Metro Police have confiscated three firearms, a stash of ammunition, and various quantities of drugs in the last week. In many instances, the successes were the result of tip-offs from the community. We appeal to the public to continue blowing the whistle on criminal activities in their areas because often they know what is going on and who the culprits are and can provide valuable intelligence to aid our crime-fighting efforts. We also have our Informant Reward System for information that leads to arrests or the recovery of stolen goods or contraband, so there is some incentive for the public too,’ added Alderman Smith.
In the last 12 months, 18 payments totalling just over R10 000 were made for information that led to the recovery of stolen vehicles, a firearm, ammunition, various quantities of drugs, and illegally fished rock lobster.