Road carnage claims 11 souls

2016-07-07 06:00

A preliminary report from the Western Cape health department’s forensic pathology services indicates that 11 road users died on the province’s roads over the weekend.

Four road users died on Saturday and seven on Sunday. Provincial traffic services arrested 16 motorists for allegedly dr iving under the influence of alcohol at the weekend. Eight were arrested in George, three in Somerset West, another three in Worcester, one in Swellendam and one in Knysna.

Breath tests were performed on 1 717 drivers at 23 roadblocks across the prov ince. The highest breathalyser reading was recorded in Caledon. At 1,12mg of alcohol/1 000ml, four times the legal limi t of 0,24 mg/1 000 ml. Western Cape Traffic Services spokesman Byron la Hoe said: “Help us to create booze-free roads. The simple fact is that alcohol and roads don’t mix.

“Motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol put their own lives and those of their passengers in danger, as well as the lives of other road users.

“By taking the decision not to drink and drive, you can influence the behaviour of others in a positive way.”

Four other arrests were made at the weekend. Two of the arrests were for reckless and negligent driving in Somerset West, one for reckless and negligent driving in Beaufort West and one in connection with false documents in George.

A total of 2 440 vehicles were screened for speeding and 605 speeding offences were recorded.

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