Bad drivers arrested

2019-11-26 06:00

A total of 21 Mitchell’s Plain drivers found themselves on the wrong side of the law following arrests for drunk and negligent driving.

During the week of Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 November, a third of the overall arrests made by the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement agencies were for drunk-driving.

The staggering statistic is a cause for concern as the festive season, which is associated with an increase in alcohol abuse and road deaths, draws near.

The City’s traffic and metro police departments arrested 231 suspects during the week.

In one incident, a taxi driver was arrested after a scuffle with traffic officers along Wetton Road.

The driver ran away after being collared for drunk-driving during a transport enforcement unit operation.

After he was caught, it also emerged that the 34-year-old had 40 outstanding warrants to the value of R64 650.

He is one of 125 arrests by traffic officers in the last week. They also impounded 108 taxis, issued 2 795 fines for various offences and served 196 warrants valued at R41 650.

During a series of roadblocks, officers had successes that include 24 arrests for drunk-driving in the Woodstock and CBD area, 11 arrests in the Langa and Bishop Lavis area and 21 arrests for drunk-driving . One arrest was made for reckless driving in Lentegeur.

“There are many who accuse the City’s traffic service of selective enforcement. The statistics and roadblock enforcement records tell a different story, but the facts seldom matter.

“It’s astonishing how often people pick apart the enforcement efforts or the applicable legislation, but fail to show the same level of enthusiasm when it comes to criticising the bad behaviour that is so prevalent on our roads. We need to stop making excuses for the absolute lawlessness that has become par for the course, and start holding ourselves and others accountable for their actions,” says Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

The metro police officers arrested 106 suspects during operations in the last week.

Of those arrested, 66 were found to be driving under the influence, while 40 others were arrested on various charges including possession of drugs, dangerous weapons, stolen property, assault, riotous behaviour and house-breaking, among others.

Officers also issued 1 428 fines for by-law and traffic offences.

In one incident in Ocean View on Saturday 16 November, metro police officers found two suspects in possession of a panga and a large knife. While making the arrests, officers were informed by a member of the public that the suspects had robbed him just a short while earlier. It later emerged that the two were allegedly linked to a shooting in the area too.

“We are grateful to those residents who put up their hands and get involved in crime-fighting, by passing along information or being willing to lay charges where they might have fallen victim. There are numerous risks to speaking up and I know that it is not an easy thing to do, so we tip our hats to those who help.

“As we head into the festive season, the City calls on residents to please work with our staff to make the period a safe and worry-free time for all law-abiding citizens by reporting concerns or tips directly to staff on the ground, or by calling our Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone,” says Smith.

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