Crashes claim nine in W Cape

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NINE peo­ple died on West­ern Cape roads at the week­end, a pre­lim­i­nary re­port by the pro­vin­cial traf­fic ser­vices said yes­ter­day. “This in­cludes three pas­sen­gers who lost their lives in a crash in the Worces­ter area in the early hours,” the state­ment said. Other fa­tal­i­ties in­cluded that of a driver on the N1 near Worces­ter and a pedes­trian on the N7 in the Pots­dam area on Fri­day. On Satur­day, two driv­ers were killed in sep­a­rate crashes in Good­wood and Cale­don, while a pedes­trian and a cy­clist were killed in Bon­nievale and Worces­ter on Sun­day. Traf­fic of­fi­cers ar­rested 15 mo­torists in Ge­orge, Mos­sel Bay, Knysna, Worces­ter, Swellen­dam, Som­er­set West and Cale­don for al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. They also ar­rested two peo­ple in Oudt­shoorn – one for pos­ses­sion of dagga and the other for pos­ses­sion of man­drax. West­ern Cape Trans­port De­part­ment spokesper­son By­ron la Hoe said: “Breath test­ing was per­formed on 1 534 driv­ers at 26 al­co­hol blitz road­blocks across the prov­ince. The high­est breath-al­co­hol read­ing was recorded in Cale­don at 1.12mg of al­co­hol/1 000ml of breath, which is over four times the le­gal limit of 0.24mg/1 000ml.” Four peo­ple were ar­rested, one in Knysna for pro­duc­ing false doc­u­men­ta­tion, one in Ge­orge for giv­ing of­fi­cers false in­for­ma­tion, and two in Worces­ter for pos­ses­sion of stolen goods and false doc­u­ments. A to­tal of 675 speed­ing of­fences were recorded, La Hoe said. – ANA

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