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The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement agencies were out in full force across the city over the past few days and made hundreds of arrests – 136 alone for drunk driving. One motorist was caught driving while more than five times over the legal alcohol limit. Read more below:

The City’s Traffic Service arrested 109 suspects and the City’s Metro Police arrested 27 suspects, all on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol over the past few days. The arrests were made on the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Hospital Bend, and in Durbanville, Somerset West, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Elsies River, Gugulethu and Mfuleni.Traffic Services also issued a total of 3 882 fines, arrested another 85 suspects for various other offences, and impounded 52 vehicles.

Metro Police made 26 other arrests, including apprehending 10 suspects for possession of drugs in Mitchells Plain, Firgrove, Hanover Park, Manenberg and Khayelitsha. The officers also found dagga abandoned behind a house in Town Two in Khayelitsha during crime prevention patrols.

Last week members of the Social Housing Unit assisted the South African Police Service with the execution of search warrants at various premises in the Delft area. They made six arrests and impounded alcohol. In addition, one suspect was arrested after 15 packets of tik were found in his possession.

‘Alcohol remains the number one killer on our roads and it is disturbing to see such a high number of drivers getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Not only does this put the driver’s life in danger, but it endangers the lives of other road users as well. We urge all road users to take a stand against this behaviour and to work with us to create a safe city,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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