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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested a number of suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol this weekend, including two drunk motorists who were caught driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Officers also intercepted an attempted hijacking and recovered stolen vehicles. Read more below:

On Saturday 29 October 2016, a member of the Integrated Roadblock Unit was on the way home after an operation in Pinelands when he spotted a BMW on the N2 outgoing (between the R300 and Borcherds Quarry) driving on the wrong side of the roadway. The driver was arrested for drunk driving as well as reckless and negligent driving. She was detained at the Delft police station. In another incident that same day in the Pinelands area, officers arrested another drunk driver for driving on the wrong side of the roadway. She was arrested on the same charges.On Friday 28 October 2016, a Metro Police officer saw six suspects trying to hijack a cold drink truck on the corners of Stellenbosch Arterial and Nooiensfontein Road. The officers flagged down a passing patrol vehicle for assistance. The group fled from the officers in a white Toyota Avanza but the officers managed to apprehend two of them. They found two imitation firearms in their possession and discovered that the Toyota Avanza had been hijacked earlier that day. The two suspects were arrested for attempted armed robbery, possession of dangerous weapons, and being in possession of a stolen vehicle. It later turned out that both suspects had pending armed robbery cases against them. They were detained at the Mfuleni police station.

That same day, the City’s Integrated Roadblock Unit conducted an operation on 35th Avenue and Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis. They attempted to stop a silver Mercedes Benz C Class because it did not have a front number plate and the driver was not wearing a safety belt. The driver indicated that he would stop, but then sped off. Officers gave chase, during which the driver drove recklessly and disregarded many red traffic lights. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in Boundary Road, Cravenby after the driver lost control on a sharp bend and collided with bollards. The driver then attempted to flee the scene on foot but an officer eventually caught him after a short chase into Fransie Van Zyl Drive. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, tampering with a motor vehicle licence disc, failure to comply with a lawful instruction, and fleeing the scene of an accident. The driver was detained at the Bishop Lavis police station and it turned out that the vehicle had been reported stolen at the Lentegeur police station.

Also on Friday, Metro Police held a peak-hour operation focusing on public transport vehicles driving off route. One taxi driver almost knocked an officer down when he tried to pull it over. The taxi sped off and the officers gave chase. The taxi driver disobeyed road signs and drove recklessly, despite having commuters in the vehicle. The officers managed to get the driver to stop the taxi and arrested him for attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving. The driver was detained at the Lansdowne police station.

Over the course of the weekend, officers arrested 51 suspects in Delft, 13 suspects in Diep River, 11 suspects in Pinelands, 18 suspects in Kuils River, and six suspects in Steenberg – all on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

‘Alcohol and speed remain the top killers on our roads and it is disheartening to see that so many drivers still drink and get behind the wheel. We are intensifying our enforcement efforts in the run-up to the festive season and take a zero tolerance approach to this behaviour. I want to warn all drivers who think they can disregard the road laws and compromise the safety of other residents that we will be out there and we will not hesitate to enforce the laws,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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