Speedsters arrested

Picture: David Ritchie

More than 200 motorists were caught speeding in Brackenfell on Saturday night and several dozen were arrested for drunken driving.

Traffic services principal inspector Maxine Bezuidenhout said nearly 900 vehicles had been stopped at the roadblock on Brackenfell Boulevard, between Old Paarl and Protea roads on Saturday September 23.

Among them 41 people were arrested for drunken driving. The drunkest driver arrested at the roadblock had a breath alcohol reading of 1.48mg, almost six times the legal limit, she said.

On the R300, another motorist was also found to be drunk after he was stopped and arrested for reckless and negligent driving.

Also on the night, speed traps in Brackenfell Boulevard and Frans Conradie Drive captured more than 200 speeding offences, Ms Bezuidenhout said, adding that the numbers were “very high”.

The roadblock and speed traps came after a traffic police campaign in area north, targeting taxis.

That campaign, from Friday September 1 to Wednesday September 20, had yielded 95 arrests, four of which were in Brackenfell, said principal traffic inspector Desre Benadie at Sub-council 3.

The campaign, she said, had focused on arresting errant drivers, instead of ticketing them, because fines had had no effect on driver behaviour.

The 95 overall arrests also included 28 for drunken driving under the influence, two for participating in street racing and 12 for outstanding warrants.