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1,149 drunken drivers arrested in the Western Cape over the past 6 months

At least 25 people were killed in road deaths in the province this past weekend.

Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says drunk driving is the biggest cause of fatalities on roads in the mother city.

At least 25 people were killed in road deaths in the Western Cape province this past weekend.

In response to criticism against the local transport department, Madikizela says it can’t be the government alone that is held responsible for tackling road deaths.

Drunken driving, reckless driving and fatigue are the biggest causes behind the provinces high road death stats, he explains.

A total of 1,149 drunken drivers were arrested by authorities the Western Cape in the past six months.

Madikizela says it’s also important for motorists to take responsibility for their conduct on provincial roads.

He believes that a combination of improved driver behaviour, visibility of traffic officers and technology use will help reduce road carnage.

According to Madikizela, there have been some improvements since 2010 after the implementation of various transport interventions.

More: Cape Talk

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