Officers tackle traffic violations

2018-11-27 06:00

Traffic officers recovered a hijacked vehicle during an operation in Sea Point that also resulted in nine arrests for drunk driving.

During the operation, held on Sunday 18 November, traffic officers were alerted to the hijacking of a Ford ST in Camps Bay. The vehicle was spotted in Sea Point and a high-speed chase ensued all the way to Salt River, where the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, the City of Cape Town says in a statement.

During the same operation, officers made nine arrests for drinking and driving. The highest reading was nearly five times the legal limit at 1.12mg. They also suspended 31 cars deemed unroadworthy as a result of illegal modifications and not displaying registration plates, among others. The operation was one of several held over the week, which saw a total of 131 arrests made and 8299 fines issued for various offencesOf those arrested, 120 were motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol at various roadblocks across the metropole.

Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith, says: “ My appeal to members of the public is to be mindful of their behaviour and to drink responsibly. There are so many different options available to us these days and I commend those people who have changed their behaviour by using private taxis or designated drivers to get to and from their destinations.”

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