Many drunk drivers brake at weekend

2015-06-23 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies focused on road safety this past weekend, arresting 87 motorists for drunk dri­ving.

The metro police department arrested 84 suspects, including 14 during one roadblock on the corner of Klipfontein and Duine­fontein roads on Sunday.

Traffic officers put the brakes on three drunk road users, including a drunk motorcyclist who was pulled over on Turfhall Road on Saturday for riding without a helmet. A breathalyser test revealed the man was nearly four times over the legal limit, prompting his arrest.

“This is but the latest example of the ridiculous behaviour that we see on our roads on an all too regular basis, largely as a result of alcohol abuse. We will never make meaningful progress in curbing road deaths until motorists start taking responsibility for their actions,” says JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

Elsewhere on the roads, City traffic officers arrested five motorists for reckless and negligent driving after they were caught participating in illegal street races. Two suspects were arrested in the vicinity of Prince George Drive and Fifth Avenue in Grassy Park and three more were arrested along Klipfontein Road.

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