12 879 vehicles screened at weekend roadblocks in Western Cape

2015-06-15 13:17
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Cape Town - Traffic services in the Western Cape screened 12 879 vehicles in a road safety campaign at the weekend, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works said on Monday. 

Spokesperson Kenny Africa said 2 624 vehicles were stopped on June 12 and June 13 during 25 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province.  

“Two drivers were arrested for excessive speeding in Mossel Bay, while three road traffic fatalities were reported this weekend."

Africa said 1 728 drivers were screened for [being under suspicion of] driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in 20 arrests.

He said the highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in Somerset West at 1.29mg/1 000ml, which is six times the legal limit of 0.24mg/1 000ml.

“A total of 12 879 vehicles were screened for speeding, of which 1 629 offences were recorded. A total of 227 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness to the amount of R267 150,” said Africa.

Some of the high speeds recorded included two offences from the N2 Mossel Bay service area with one motorist clocking 189 km/h in a 120 km/h zone and another 159 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. The third offender was nabbed clocking 102 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the N2 in the Knysna and Swellendam service area.

Africa said the officers arrested five motorists for offences including bribery and corruption. 

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