3 WEEKEND FATALITIES ON WESTERN CAPE ROADS

A preliminary report from the Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that three road users died on the province’s roads over the weekend.

Provincial Traffic Officers arrested 14 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 12 and 13 August 2016. Four were arrested in the George service area; two in Knysna; two in Swellendam; two in Brackenfell; one in Beaufort West; one in Somerset West; one in Mossel Bay; and one in Worcester.

Four other arrests were made: one in connection with overloading in Beaufort West; one in connection with a stolen vehicle; and two for excessive speed in Beaufort and Laingsburg.

Breath testing was performed on 1 688 drivers at 25 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Caledon service area. At 0,94 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is three times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

A total of 4 393 vehicles were screened for speeding and 537 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R276 850 were issued for a variety of reasons ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

The highest speeds recorded were 176 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in the Beaufort West service area; 126 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the N2 in the Swellendam service area; and 113 km/h in an 80 km/h on the N2 in the Knysna service area.

Details of the road fatalities over the weekend follow:

Date Location of crash Fatalities

Friday, 12 August 2016 N7 Dunoon 1 pedestrian

Sunday, 14 August 2016 N2 Jan Smuts Drive 1 pedestrian

Monday, 15 August 2016 N2/R300 Mitchells Plain 1 passenger

Speeding plays a causal and aggravating role in most fatal crashes on Western Cape roads. We encourage motorists to slow down, thereby greatly reducing their likelihood of being involved in a horrific crash that results in a senseless loss of life. We will continue to address speeding through awareness campaigns, enforcement activities, and the Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) camera enforcement network.

Source: ARRIVE ALIVE (Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services)