City launches random breathaliser tests for drivers

Three drunk drivers were arrested on Otto Du Plessis Drive in Bloubergstrand during the launch of the City of Cape Town’s random breathaliser tests.

On Friday morning, July 14, law enforcement agencies stopped cars at random and tested them with new hand held screening devices.

Mayco member for safety and security, and social services, JP Smith, said the devices allowed for rapid testing.

At 5.30am, the first drunk driver was caught with a 0.94 reading which was almost five times over the limit. Another drunk driver tested over three times the limit.

“Its hard to believe that people could be on a Friday morning under the influence of alcohol already,” said Mr Smith.

Three drivers and two pedestrians lost their lives over the weekend, according to a preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services. Seventeen motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend across the province.

Breath testing was performed on 1 673 drivers at 24 alcohol blitz roadblocks. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the George service area.

At 1.96 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over eight times the legal limit of 0.24 mg/ 1 000 ml.