And the drunkest drivers in the Western Cape are...

2015-12-22 14:24

Cape Town - The winelands town of Somerset West had the most drunken drivers arrested in the Western Cape in the last week. It also had the most vehicles suspended from the road.

The provincial transport department said that 23 of the 48 drunken drivers were arrested there.

One resident was measured at over seven times the legal drinking limit, said department spokesperson Byron la Hoe. The motorist’s breathalyser reading was 1.76mg of alcohol/1 000ml. The legal limit is 0.24mg/1 000ml.

Somerset West was also guilty of having the most vehicles (22) taken off the road. A total of 47 vehicles were suspended across the province.

The owners would only be allowed to return to the road if they renewed their vehicle licenses and had their vehicles certified as roadworthy. 

La Hoe said motorists continued to drink and drive over the festive season despite repeated warnings by traffic officials that "alcohol and roads don’t mix".

"Officers do not hesitate to arrest drivers if they are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs."

In the last seven days, traffic officers had stopped over 36 000 drivers in roadblocks.

Alcohol breath-testing was done on on least 5 000 motorists.

La Hoe said eight people were expected to appear in court soon for false documentation, alleged bribery and public transport permit-related offences.

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