19 people die on Western Cape roads
IT WAS a black Christmas for many families this year as 19 road users in the Western Cape lost their lives.
Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services said on Wednesday (today) that this included a horrific accident that claimed the lives of 13 people near De Doorns the day before Christmas.
The victims were on their way to visit loved ones.
Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said two children, aged one and five-years-old, were also knocked over and killed after being hit by cars on the West Coast.
He said 16 motorists were arrested in the two day run up to Christmas for allegedly driving under the influence.
“Breath testing was performed on 1,365 drivers at 20 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Mossel Bay service area. At 1,24 mg of alcohol per 1,000 ml of breath, this is five times over the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1,000 ml”.
Two people were arrested for speeding. In Laingsburg, a motorist was caught driving at 175km/h in a 120km/h zone.
Africa said a total of 356 speeding offences were recorded and fines amounting to R340,750 were issued.
The department of transport and public works has urged drivers to exercise caution as “what is generally a time filled with happiness and celebration has now become a time of danger for road users”. – ANA