City traffic officers arrested 108 suspects this weekend – 77 of whom were apprehended for drunk driving – while 2 887 fines were issued for various offences. Read more below:
City of Cape Town traffic officers were out in full force over the weekend to clamp down on drunk drivers. During various city-wide operations with the Roadblock Unit, 77 motorists were arrested for drunk driving. The arrests were made in Athlone, Gordon’s Bay and Brackenfell.
A taxi driver in Wynberg felt the brunt of the operations when he was arrested during an integrated taxi operation on Friday 13 May 2016 after being found to be well over the legal alcohol limit.
Traffic officers continued with their duties despite having an official vehicle’s tyres slashed, impounding five taxis and issuing 347 fines for various offences.‘Every weekend the City’s enforcement agencies arrest scores of drunk drivers. It is disturbing to think that so many motorists still get behind the wheel and drive while under the influence of alcohol. Not only are they a danger to themselves, they are placing other road users at risk too. We all need to take a stronger stance against drunk drivers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
On Saturday 14 May 2016, during a sedan taxi operation in Green Point, officers impounded 26 sedan taxis, 24 Uber taxis and two mini-buses. Officers also issued 58 fines for various other offences.
The Road Haulage Unit conducted operations on Plattekloof Road (between the circle and the N7), on Baden Powell Drive, and on Old Faure Road resulting in four arrests for outstanding warrants and 54 fines for other offences. Officers screened 51 trucks, of which 18 were charged after being found to be overloaded at the weighbridge.
Meanwhile, the City’s Metro Police Department arrested 19 suspects for various crimes and 27 motorists for drunk driving over the weekend. The arrests were made in Athlone, Somerset West, Woodstock, Gordon’s Bay, Kraaifontein, Delft, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Macassar, Hanover Park, Bellville and Parow. Dagga, tik, mandrax and drug paraphernalia was confiscated.
During a mid-week warrant blitz across the city, a total of 23 suspects were arrested for outstanding warrants, 194 warrants were served and 62 people warned.