Cape Town - Traffic authorities are getting seriously worried at the increasing numbers of public transport operators in the city who are driving drunk. At least six boozy minibus taxi drivers were nabbed at a roadblock in Wynberg on Saturday morning.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said: "We’re seeing an increase in the number of taxi drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and it is extremely concerning.
"They were among 112 suspects arrested by traffic officers over the past four days. One of the suspects was more than 10 times over the legal limit for drivers with a public driving permit, which is 0.02 mg/l.
"Thousands of people rely on this mode of transport every day and as if the driving behaviour of some isn’t concerning enough, the fact that alcohol comes into play as well just increases the risk to which these commuters are subjected," said Smith. "I call on the taxi industry to wake up to this appalling behaviour and to help us eradicate it."
Illegal street races
Elsewhere, traffic officers arrested 86 motorists for drunk driving, including 31 at two roadblocks in Wynberg and Claremont and 36 at a roadblock in Khayelitsha.
Their Metro Police counterparts arrested 33 motorists for the same offence, including one driver who collided with a Law Enforcement vehicle in Parow on Saturday.
Smith said on Thursday evening the City’s Ghost Squad had its hands full with illegal street races in various locations. In Bellville South, officers arrested nine motorists for reckless and negligent driving and four for driving under the influence of alcohol.
On the N1 in the vicinity of Giel Basson Drive, three motorcyclists were clocked at 205km/h. Officers gave chase and the riders all set off in different directions. They were eventually caught and charged with reckless and negligent driving. They were joined by three more suspects who were arrested on Marine Drive in Paarden Eiland.
In another operation focusing on illegal street racing in Bellville on Sunday, officers arrested six suspects: five for reckless and negligent driving and one for driving under the influence of alcohol.
African News Agency (ANA)