More than 170 traffic fines dished out in Cape Town on 'quiet' New Year's Eve

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  • 177 people were fined for various offences on New Year's Eve.
  • Between 27 December 2020 and 2 January 2021, 21 people were arrested and 39 092 fines for various other offences were issued by the traffic department.
  • The City of Cape Town says this was its quietest festive season.

More than 170 traffic fines were issued by the traffic department in Cape Town on New Year’s Eve.

In a statement, the City of Cape Town said that it had experienced it’s quietest New Year’s weekend, largely thanks to the curfew and restrictions to the sale of alcohol.

"On New Year’s Eve, operations in various suburbs netted three suspects – two of whom were driving under the influence. Officers also issued 177 fines, including 17 for disobeying curfew hours," said the City.

Arrest

Various operations by numerous law enforcement agencies between 27 December 2020 and 2 January 2021 resulted in the arrest of 21 people and the issuing of 39 092 fines for various other offences. Last week alone, 75 people were arrested for various crimes in, including drunk driving.

READ | Alcohol sales banned once again as Level 3 lockdown returns

In one incident on 30 December, a drunk driver was arrested at Sea Point after his car crashed into street signage.

‘We can safely say that this has been a very quiet festive season, based on the statistics. However, based on the incidents reported by our staff, there were those who continued to flout the regulations, which comes as no surprise,” said alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security.

"We are however grateful to the many people who have prioritised their health and safety ahead of a good time. Our enforcement staff will continue doing their compliance visits to establishments and public facilities in the week ahead. We encourage the public to please abide by the regulations and the instructions of enforcement staff to prevent being fined, or worse, arrested," added Smith. 

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