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Cops arrest 11 for drunken driving

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Traffic officials have cautioned speed demons and drunk drivers.

Traffic officials are out in full force. Picture: Supplied

TRAFFIC officials have cautioned speed demons and drunk drivers, after 11 motorists were arrested since the launch of the Provincial festive season road safety campaign.

Spokesperson for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Keitumetse Moticoe, raised concern over the high number of people driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

She said 20 251 vehicles were stopped and checked during operations unfolding across the Province.

“A total of 1 627 summons were issued for a number of offences such as speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and unroadworthy vehicles.”

She stated that out of 3 698 drivers who were tested for alcohol consumption, 11 people were arrested for drunken driving while 755 speed summonses were issued and another 11 people were arrested for excessive speeding.

“One more person was arrested for falsified documentations and 20 vehicles were removed from the Province’s roads for not being roadworthy.”

Moticoe indicated that the highest speed recorded was 187 kilometres per hour in a 120 kilometre per hour zone on the N1 near Richmond.

“Law enforcement officials in the Northern Cape are putting the safety of all road users first to ensure everyone arrives alive.

“Successful law enforcement operations and road safety education campaigns are being intensified across the Province and are gaining momentum since the launch of the festive season road safety campaign.”

She appealed to all road users including pedestrians and cyclists to abide by the rules of the road.

“People must also avoid to drive fatigued and must ensure their vehicles are roadworthy. Let us all ‘arrive alive’ and ensure our children are buckled up on all trips.”