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79 Capetonians nabbed for drunk driving

By Faeza
01 November 2016

Two women were among the 79 people arrested for drunk driving, in a busy weekend for Cape Town's law enforcement officials, a city official said on Monday.

One woman drove her BMW on the wrong side of the busy N2 highway between the R300 and Borcherds quarry on Saturday night, mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said.

An officer who had been helping at a roadblock earlier was on his way home when he spotted her. She was arrested for drunk and reckless or negligent driving, and taken to the Delft police station.

Another woman was arrested in Pinelands, also for driving on the wrong side of the road and was taken in on the same charges.

In other wins for the officials, the roadblock unit discovered, after a high-speed car chase, that the man they tried to pull over for not wearing a seatbelt and for not having a number plate, was driving a stolen Mercedes-Benz C Class.

On Friday, Metro Police officers caught two men carrying fake guns, who were allegedly part of a gang trying to hijack a cold drink truck on the corners of Stellenbosch Arterial and Nooiensfontein Road.

Public transport vehicles were policed over the weekend to ensure drivers stuck to their routes. During one of these operations, a taxi driver tried to run over one of the officers. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

“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,” Smith said.

Source: News24