City of Cape Town Traffic Services conducted operations in Ottery and Athlone last week focusing on illegal street racing. Officers suspended 33 unroadworthy motor vehicles for mechanical defects, including some which had been illegally modified for street racing.
On Tuesday, 12 October, officers stopped a VW Golf at a roadblock on Prince George Drive with the following defects:
- The rear seat had been removed to accommodate the petrol tank
- The exposed fuel pipe fed directly to the carburettor
- The bonnet had been raised so that it no longer provided for a 'crumple zone', which is important in the event of a front-end collision
- The safety belts had been removed
- The tyres were smooth
- The suspension had been lowered
Three motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and officers issued 175 other traffic fines for various vehicle defects and moving violations including:
- Encroaching on the incorrect side of the road
- Entering the roadway when it is unsafe
- Reversing when it is unsafe
- Cutting in after passing other vehicles
- Disregarding the channelising line
- Participating in illegal street racing
- Driving without a valid driving licence
- Failure to wear a safety belt
In addition, officers issued 250 speeding fines in the Ottery area.
During operations held in Athlone on Friday 15 October, officers arrested six people for driving under the influence of alcohol. One of the motorists was arrested and charged for bribery when he tried to bribe a traffic officer by offering R100.00 to let him go.
Three drivers were charged for inconsiderate driving, and officers issued 94 other traffic fines and 495 speeding fines. The highest speed recorded was 188km/h in a 60km/h zone, along Vanguard Drive, Epping.
"Just ten minutes after packing up the speed check equipment, officers witnessed a Honda sedan driving at an excessive speed along Bofors Circle Service Road (outside County Fair). The driver lost control, smashed into a lamp pole and rolled several times. The driver and his female passenger were both flung from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries," said Media Spokesperson for the Cape Town Traffic Services, Chief inspector Merle Lourens.
During additional roadblocks on Blaauwberg Road and Otto du Plessis Drive in Table View this weekend, officers arrested 15 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued 134 traffic fines.
NO. 768 / 2010
18 OCTOBER 2010
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN
CHIEF INSPECTOR MERLE LOURENS
MEDIA SPOKESPERSON: CAPE TOWN TRAFFIC SERVICES
TEL: 021 812 4570 CELL: 072 200 1512