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Over the past few days, the City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies not only made hundreds of arrests, but they also broke up an illegal drag-race, recovered a stolen vehicle, and ensured that a woman in labour who was experiencing vehicle troubles got to the hospital in time. Read more below:

The City’s Traffic Service held various operations across the city over the past few days which led to the arrest of 202 suspects and the issuing of 2 195 fines for various offences.

This included 13 motorists who were arrested for reckless and negligent driving, 56 for driving under the influence of alcohol, one for poaching, and another for being in possession of 196 black mussels, eight limpets, three abalone and 40 periwinkles.

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Unit held a number of roadblocks throughout the city and arrested 100 suspects for outstanding warrants, while 493 warrants were served.In an operation focusing on illegal drag-racing in the Eerste River and Belhar areas on Sunday 18 September 2016, Metro Police officers arrested 15 suspects: nine for driving under the influence of alcohol, five for reckless and negligent driving, and one for attempted bribery. Officers also issued 358 fines for various other offences. Belhar was very busy in terms of drunk driving, with the highest reading registering at more than three times the legal limit. Another two drivers were arrested in Sacs Circle in Bellville South for illegal street racing reckless and negligent driving.

‘Eerste River remains an area of concern because of the spinning events that continually take place on Sunday afternoons. These events attract huge crowds of spectators, mostly children. I urge members of the public not to support this dangerous, illegal practice and to report such activities to the City,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

While on routine patrols, also on Sunday, Metro Police officers noticed that the front and rear number plates on a vehicle in Boekenhout Street, Bonteheuwel did not correspond. They tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver sped off. The officers gave chase and the driver ultimately lost control of the vehicle. The five occupants in the vehicle tried to escape but the officers managed to capture two of them. They found that the vehicle had been reported stolen and the two suspects were detained at the Bishop Lavis Police Station.

While assisting a member of the public whose car had broken down on the N2 on Friday 16 September 2016, officers found that the woman inside the vehicle was experiencing labour pains. When the officers realised that there wasn’t enough time for the ambulance to get to the scene, they decided to transport the woman to the Khayelitsha Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team held joint operations with the Stablisation Unit and the K9 Unit in Delft, Milnerton and Atlantis. Officers arrested 10 suspects for being in possession of drugs and confiscated 91 parcels of dagga, 50 bankies of dagga, one carrier bag containing dagga, 43 small packets of crystal meth, 11 whole mandrax tablets, one bankie of cocaine, two bankies of tik, 21 tik straws, and 11 half-tablets of mandrax. They also recovered a stolen motor vehicle.

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