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Alcohol-related arrests remain a concern <p>Officers arrested 98 motorists, impounded 253 vehicles, 85 cellphones and issued 66 585 fines for various transgressions.</p><p>More than 80% of the arrests were for driving under the influence of alcohol.</p><p>Most of the arrests occurred during 13 roadblocks held at various locations around the city.</p><p>During one such road block in Brackenfell on Saturday afternoon, 28 November 2020, officers arrested 16 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol. Another road block in Fish Hoek also netted 16 arrests for DUI.  </p><p>‘The trends are worrying, but not unsurprising. We have for years been lamenting the culture of drunk driving on our roads, and it seems that the number of arrests does little to change behaviour. Often, cases are also on the court roll for a very long time, so there is no immediate sanction for the actions, which emboldens drivers to continue this very dangerous behaviour. However, driving drunk is only one of the many problems associated with alcohol abuse. I’ve no doubt that our EMS colleagues could attest to the many alcohol-related trauma cases that they deal with on a daily basis, but particularly over weekends. With the current COVID-19 resurgence, our healthcare system needs all the help it can get. We therefore call on the public to do their bit, and adapt their behaviour accordingly, and most importantly, to note the difference between alcohol use and alcohol abuse,’ said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>The Metro Police (24) and Law Enforcement Departments (9) made 33 additional arrests, taking the overall tally to 131. The two departments also accounted for more than 7 000 fines for traffic and bylaw transgressions. </p><p>Law Enforcement officers also confiscated 414 units of alcohol and issued 116 fines related to drinking in public.</p><p>In Delft, LEAP officers recovered a firearm and a drug stash in separate incidents on Wednesday, 25 November 2020. In Delft South, officers stopped two suspicious-looking males, but one of them ran away. He was caught after a short chase, and officers found him in possession of an illegal firearm. The 22-year-old suspect was detained at Delft SAPS.</p><p>Later, officers received information and upon arrival at a house at the N2 Gateway development in Delft, found 165 mandrax tablets and two large bags of dagga. Officers then found three bags of tik and a bag of unga in the ceiling. A 28-year-old male and a 35-year-old female were arrested and detained at Delft SAPS.</p><p>’Effective crime prevention hinges on partnerships between the public and enforcement agencies. We thank the residents who are willing to step up, in spite of the risks, to help identify crime and those perpetrating it. I also commend our staff members who work under very trying circumstances, but who deliver results and who keep going at it, day after day, despite what can sometimes be a thankless task,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-11-29T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda;L0|#0633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda|illegal activity10


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