Mon, 12 Apr 2021

  • 25 deaths were recorded over the Easter weekend.
  • Eight drivers, two motorcyclists, two passengers and 13 pedestrians were killed.
  • 6 145 fines of over R4 million were issued for various traffic violations.

Despite high traffic volumes over the Easter weekend, the number of recorded deaths in the Western Cape has decreased to 25, down by 13 from 2019.

In the 23 crashes reported, eight drivers, two motorcyclists, two passengers and 13 pedestrians were killed.

Transport and Public Works MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said "no exceptions were made for motorists who displayed lawlessness and who disobeyed the basic safety principles while on our roads".

Over the past five days, provincial traffic services conducted 240 integrated road blocks, vehicle check points and speed control operations, in which 19 707 vehicles were stopped.

"A total of 2 016 speeding offences were recorded and 6 145 fines were issued for various traffic violations, ranging from driver to vehicle fitness with a total amount of R4 171 250," Madikizela said.

Thirteen vehicles were impounded and 68 were discontinued for unroadworthiness, he confirmed.

Four motorists were arrested for speeding, with the highest recorded speed being 183 km/h in a 120 km/h zone.

Seven people were arrested for being under the influence of alcohol, while 49 charges were laid under the Disaster Management Act and fines to the total value of R170 800 were issued.

Meanwhile, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz on Tuesday said 134 liquor vendors had been inspected by the Western Cape Liquor Authority between 29 March and 4 April.

Fifty-four fines and notices had been issued and one site was found to not be compliant with Covid-19 regulations.

Source: News24

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