City Traffic Officers arrest 39 suspects and issue over 1 500 traffic fines during operations across the city
City of Cape Town Traffic Officers arrested 39 suspects and issued over 1 500 traffic-related fines during recent operations focusing on drunk driving and general enforcement.
On Sunday afternoon 14 October 2012, officers arrested 13 motorists on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol at a roadblock on Koeberg Road near Plattekloof Road, Milnerton. The highest breathalyser test registered at 1,29mg of alcohol per 1 000ml of breath.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, following a very successful evening in the Athlone area targeting illegal street racing and drunken driving; City Traffic Officers arrested an off-duty policeman from Pinelands SAPS for drunken driving.
Alderman J.P Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, said: “Police officers, politicians and other people in positions of authority should lead by example. If they are caught disobeying the law, committing serious criminal offenses, we must act without fear or favour. This is something South Africans are crying out for: equality before the law. Too often we see examples of well-connected people given special treatment and being allowed to evade the repercussions of their actions”.
“The officer showed no respect for other road users by engaging in such reckless behaviour. No one is above the law and Cape Town must set the example in applying the law to all, whether a policeman or one of our own councillors,” said Alderman Smith.
Another arrest was made for reckless and negligent driving after the driver disobeyed a red traffic light at high speed along Jan Smuts Drive and almost collided with vehicles entering from the side road as the green light had activated.
Traffic Officers further assisted the police with a pursuit of a known gang member who failed to stop for the police in Lansdowne and eventually caught the man in the side roads of Silvertown in Athlone. The suspect was arrested for reckless and negligent driving and drunken driving. He is wanted for a string of other serious offences including murder.
Media Spokesperson for City Traffic Services, Chief Inspector Merle Lourens, said: “On Saturday while doing general patrols on the N2 in the Somerset West area, a Traffic Officer was informed by an off-duty Police Officer of a complaint he received about a black Nissan X-Trail that almost knocked over a pedestrian and that could possibly have been stolen or involved in a hi-jacking”.
“The officer observed the Nissan on the N2 incoming and gave chase. When the driver saw the patrol car approaching in the rear view mirror he picked up speed. The driver then lost control of the Nissan, left the roadway and landed in a dam just after the Macassar turn-off,” said Chief Inspector Lourens.
A 19 year-old woman sustained slight injuries and a 22 year-old man and the 23 year-old driver, who escaped unhurt, had to swim to the shore. The driver, whose learner licence expires this month, was arrested on charges of drunk driving.
On Friday 12 October 2012, Traffic Officers arrested 10 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol, one suspect for reckless and negligent driving and another suspect for excessive speeding during operations targeting illegal drag racing and drunk driving in the Athlone area. The highest breathalyser test registered 1,22mg of alcohol per 1 000ml of breath.
Also on Friday, officers arrested 13 motorists on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol at a roadblock in Vryburger Avenue, Bothasig. The highest breathalyser test registered at 0,73mg of alcohol per 1 000ml of breath.
During afternoon patrols along Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Table Bay Boulevard on Thursday 11 October 2012, City Traffic Officers issued 1 424 traffic fines. “The fines issued were for various offences, including disobeying the channelising line; overtaking on the shoulder; driving over a painted island; and driving without a licence – amongst others,” said Chief Inspector Lourens.
The following speeding offences were recorded:
- 204 offences on Nelson Mandela Boulevard between Roodebloem Road and Melbourne Road
- 237 offences on Table Bay Boulevard, between Christiaan Barnard Street and Lower Church Street
- 534 offences on Settlers Way, between Raapenberg Road and Jan Smuts Drive
Later that evening officers attended to a complaint of illegal drag racing along Prince George Drive in Grassy Park and suspended three vehicles for mechanical defects, issued 67 traffic fines and recorded 73 speeding offences.
Table Bay Boulevard