Drunk driving and speeding remain the biggest causes of road carnage in the Western Cape and the death toll is rising despite efforts by authorities.
Seven motorists were apprehended by Western Cape traffic authorities on 24 and 25 December
According to Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa they arrested drivers for speeding on the N1 between Laingsburg and Touws River, Three Sisters and Beaufort West and between Aberdeen and Beaufort West from Wednesday.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said they would continue working hard in their fight against road carnage.
Mbalula said he would work hard to revoke bail for those caught speeding in excess of 200km/h in a 120km/h zone.
“We will apply the same vigour in ensuring those arrested for drunken driving and reckless and negligent driving are also denied bail, as these are major contributing factors to the high levels of fatalities on our roads. Those driving unroadworthy vehicles, in effect mobile coffins, will not be spared from this treatment.”
237 people were arrested for traffic offences in the Western Cape between December 13 and 22. The arrests were part of the Provincial Traffic Department’s road safety campaign for the festive season.
The Western Cape recorded 1 521 speeding offences and issued 21 720 fines for various traffic violations. The violations ranged from driver to vehicle fitness to the amount of R17 464 800.
An excessive speed of 187km/h in a 100km/h zone was recorded in the Laingsburg service area.
86 fatalities have been recorded on Western Cape roads since the beginning of December.
Transport and Public Works MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said several motorists were still being arrested for drunk driving, excessive speeding and or reckless and negligent driving, risking the lives of fellow road users.
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