Drunk drivers, speedsters arrested in blitz

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cape Town - Various successful roadblocks were held around Cape Town at the weekend in an attempt to increase road safety and clamp down on drunk drivers and speedsters.

A total of 37 motorists were arrested for drunk driving at a roadblock held along Vanguard Drive at Bluegum Road and Modderdam Road near the N2 on Friday and Saturday.

Traffic fines were issued to 140 unlicensed drivers, 92 drivers had unlicensed vehicles and 26 had no number plates.

The drivers of four passenger vehicles were fined for overloading, 29 were fined for other vehicle defects and eight learner drivers were fined for not being accompanied by a licensed driver.

Speed checking by camera was also carried out along Old Oak Road, Frans Conradie Drive near Stellenberg Road, Vanguard Drive, Durban Road and Jan Smuts Drive, where a total of 1821 fines were recorded.

The highest speeds noted were 190kmh in an 80kmh zone along Vanguard Drive near Turfhall Road, 154kmh in a 60kmh zone along Jan Smuts Drive near the N2 and 146kmh in a 60kmh zone along Viking Way.

Merle Lourens, spokesperson for Cape Town Traffic Services said: "Traffic officers are trying their utmost to rid the streets of drunk drivers and motorists who disregard the speed limit.

"These offences are the main causes of traffic accidents where people and pedestrians are killed, injured or maimed for life. Motor accidents also have a major effect on the economy of South Africa," he said.

The Cape Town Traffic Services held further operations in Bellville, Tygerberg, Bishop Lavis, Goodwood and Bonteheuwel.