Along with the 64 vehicles impounded during a four-day operation in Gugulethu and Nyanga, the City’s Traffic Service also arrested 128 motorists for drunk driving in operations around Cape Town. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service capped another busy week on the roads, with 139 arrests in total and 64 vehicle impoundments.
Officers held roadblocks at various locations, including Pinelands, Mfuleni, Bothasig, Table View and Lwandle and arrested 128 motorists for drunk driving. The remaining arrests were for reckless and negligent driving, outstanding warrants, and fraud.
During a four-day integrated public transport operation in Gugulethu and Nyanga between 1 and 4 August 2017, officers impounded 64 sedan taxis and issued 1 592 fines for various offences.‘We receive a steady stream of complaints about taxi drivers and their disregard for the law. This operation is but one example of us pushing back. Currently, the operators are able to reclaim their vehicles by paying an impoundment release fee, but we continue to lobby for changes to the legislation that will allow us to permanently confiscate the vehicles of repeat offenders on a three-strike system,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
The Metro Police Department meanwhile made 27 arrests – 16 of which were for driving under the influence of alcohol. One of the suspects was found to be ‘sleep-driving’ in Mitchells Plain on Monday 31 July 2017.
A Metro Police officer was driving along Merrydale Road when she noticed a car moving into the roadway. The officer swerved to avoid a collision and when she pulled up next to the car, she noticed that the driver was fast asleep and the vehicle was still moving into oncoming traffic. She jumped out of her patrol vehicle and banged on the car to wake the driver.
After the driver woke up, the officer helped to safely park the vehicle. She noticed that the driver smelled of alcohol and the 56-year-old admitted he had been drinking since the Saturday as he had attended a wedding. He then offered her a R400 bribe to let him go, but his attempts came to nought and he was detained at the Lentegeur police station.
‘It’s a blessing that the Metro Police officer came across this driver as I shudder to think what might have happened otherwise. This type of behaviour is an absolute disgrace, but so too is the inaction of the people who allowed him to continue drinking and get behind the wheel. Unless this was a wedding for one, there would have been witnesses to his behaviour and yet no one thought to take his keys away and organise a ride home. But then again, judging by the sheer number of arrests every week, saving people from themselves doesn’t appear top of mind for many,’ added Alderman Smith.