A total of 70 people have been arrested for alleged drunk driving since the start of the year, the Western Cape department of transport and public works said in a statement on Thursday.

Spokesperson Byron la Hoe said provincial traffic services had arrested nine motorists just this week for allegedly driving under the influence.

“Since Monday, 11 January 2016, traffic officers have stopped a total of 16,638 vehicles in roadblocks across the province. Alcohol breath-testing was performed on 1,937 motorists. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in Knysna. At 0,78 mg of alcohol/1 000 ml of breath, this is three times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml,” La Hoe said.

He said nine cars were impounded for being unlicensed or unroadworthy, while the licences of 27 vehicles were suspended until owners had them certified as roadworthy.

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“A total of 3,363 vehicles were screened for speeding and 532 speeding offences were recorded. Speeding fines worth R52,400 were issued”

“A total of 3,363 vehicles were screened for speeding and 532 speeding offences were recorded. Speeding fines worth R52,400 were issued.”

La Hoe said the highest speed was recorded was on the N1 in the Brackenfell service area where the driver was travelling at 175km/h in a 120km/h zone.

The department urged drivers “to create booze-free roads”.

“The simple fact is that alcohol and roads don’t mix.”

Author: ANA Newswire