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A drunk driving suspect tried, and failed, to pull the wool over the eyes of Metro Police officers this weekend. The suspect tried to pass himself off as a passenger to avoid capture, but he couldn’t fool Metro Police officers and joined dozens of other suspects behind bars. Read more below:

Members of the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department attached to the Camera Response Unit were on patrol in Bishop Lavis on Sunday, 2 September 2018 when they noticed the driver of a white Toyota Venture disobeying a directional arrow.

They requested the driver to pull over and then spotted him changing seats with the passenger. They soon discovered the reason – he was under the influence of alcohol and was detained at Bishop Lavis SAPS.

The suspect was one of 21 drunk drivers arrested by the Metro Police Department. The Cape Town Traffic Service arrested 46 more drunk driving suspects, including 29 at a roadblock in Kuils River.

‘Drunk driving continues to be one of our biggest enforcement headaches. Between the Metro Police Department and Traffic Service, there was a 15% increase in the number of arrests in the last financial year. It is an immense drain on our resources as each person arrested has to be booked at the police station, have their blood drawn or submit to the evidentiary breath test at the Shadow Centre and then taken into custody. Throughout the process, the arresting officer has to accompany the suspect, which means officers are taken away from active patrol.

‘With the recent introduction of our mobile Random Breath Testing vehicle, we are hoping to expedite drunk driving cases and to increase the conviction rate. The sooner we are able to effectively show that there are consequences for this type of behaviour, the better for road safety,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The Metro Police Department also recovered four firearms in the last five days in response to tip-offs from the public.

The weapons confiscated included:

· A rifle in Bonteheuwel

· A 9mm pistol in Langa

· A 9mm pistol in Manenberg

· A .38 special revolver in Grassy Park

‘The Metro Police Department receives on average 30 tip-offs each week and we are heartened by this contribution from the public. The department has increased the number of targeted operations, which means a more visible and sustained presence in high-crime areas. This has facilitated an increase in trust between staff and the communities who feel more secure in sharing information, as they are seeing results from the tip-offs that they provide, as was evident with three of the four firearms recovered in the last few days,’ added Alderman Smith.

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