The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service and Metro Police Department reported successful mid-week and long weekend operations which saw 126 motorists arrested for drunk driving and 770 fines issued for various other offences. A further 47 suspects were arrested for theft, possession of drugs, and other charges. Read more below:
Two suspected drug ‘pedallers’ were wheeled in by the long arm of the City’s Metro Police Department in recent days as part of their crime prevention operations. In Maitland, officers noticed a group of men standing in front of a known drug outlet in Voortrekker Road on Thursday 21 September 2017. They found a packet of dagga on one of the men and then retrieved a packet of crystal meth hidden in the handlebar of another suspect’s red bicycle.
During patrols in New Road, Macassar on Saturday 23 September 2017, officers requested a man on a bicycle to stop, but he refused and tried to get away. During the resultant chase, the suspect threw away a handful of dagga ‘stoppe’ and mandrax, but officers recovered the drugs and arrested the 24-year-old suspect.
‘Trying to bolt on two wheels is foolhardy, as our officers are willing to take down criminals no matter the getaway vehicle,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
On Heritage Day, about 200 illegal street racers and spectators gathered at Sacs Circle in Bellville South. As officers moved in to close off the area, the driver of a white VW Polo collided with a patrol vehicle in his attempt to escape. The driver refused to stop and collided with two more vehicles. A high-speed pursuit ensued, with the offender eventually being boxed in and stopped on Robert Sobukwe Drive near Kasselsvlei. The driver was arrested for reckless and negligent driving as well as charges of attempted murder, resisting arrest, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. Officers also issued 165 fines for various other offences.Also on Heritage Day, Metro Police officers in Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Kraaifontein and Delft arrested 21 motorists for drunk driving. This included a 26-year-old suspect who tried to escape custody. He fled from a roadblock, ignored traffic signals, and even drove on the sidewalk at times. Officers caught up with him after he collided with a house in Voortrekker Road in Kraaifontein.
Elsewhere across Cape Town, the City’s enforcement services arrested 173 more suspects on various charges including drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, house-breaking, theft, possession of drugs, and looting.
‘Drunk driving remains a problem, especially over weekends. It leads to lawlessness on our roads and the deaths of many innocent people. I appeal to residents: be responsible and don’t drive if you’re drinking. Save a life and don’t let a friend drive if they have been drinking. If you are on a destructive path, we will arrest and charge you,’ said Alderman Smith.