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Drunk driver attacks Ghost Squad officer<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1363px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City of Cape Town’s Ghost Squad had one of its busiest nights last night, 25 January 2017, during an operation to combat illegal street racing in the northern suburbs, making 11 arrests. Eight of these were for reckless and negligent driving and three for drunk driving. </p><p>Five drivers were arrested for dicing on Koeberg Road in Milnerton. In Panorama, officers caught the drivers of a Mercedes AMG and an Audi racing on Plattekloof Road. After a high-speed chase, the vehicles were eventually forced to a stop in Jip de Jager Road in Bellville. </p><p>In Kraaifontein, a female driver also led officers on a chase after nearly colliding with a Ghost Squad vehicle. She refused to stop and ignored a number of stop streets and red traffic lights as she tried to get away. When officers eventually forced her to a stop, they found that she was too inebriated to provide a breath sample. At the police station, the woman asked to use the bathroom and while there, she assaulted a traffic officer by kicking and punching her. The woman was eventually restrained and had additional charges added to her docket.</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span></span>‘This is shocking behaviour, but sadly not uncommon. More and more, our staff are being targeted by law-breakers who have absolutely no regard for anything or anyone. We really won’t change behaviour until people start doing real jail time or until we can publicly name and shame these fools,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.<p>The operation last night means that the Ghost Squad has registered 26 803 offences during illegal street racing operations since January 2016, including 883 arrests for reckless and negligent driving and drunk driving (please note the release earlier this week erroneously indicated that the statistics were for January 2015 to January 2016).</p><p>Elsewhere, the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department impounded three more vehicles this week for illegal dumping, bringing to 39 the number of vehicles impounded since an amendment to the Integrated Waste By-law in August last year.</p><p>Earlier today, 26 January 2017, Law Enforcement officers caught people dumping building rubble along Duinefontein Road near Philippi. They impounded an Isuzu truck and issued a fine for dumping.  </p><p>On Monday 23 January 2017, staff observed six people offloading building rubble along Botfontein Road in Kraaifontein. They called for backup and approached the group. The driver had his vehicle impounded and was slapped with the following fines: dumping (R5 000), unlicensed motor vehicle (R1 000), unlicensed driver (R1 000).</p><span>​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1023px;" /><figcaption> <p>  © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p><br>On the same day, officers caught another suspect dumping illegally in Dagbreek Avenue in Mitchells Plain. </p><p>Over a 12-month period, Law Enforcement has registered 333 cases of illegal dumping and issued fines totalling R1 139 200. Of the 39 vehicles impounded, all but six bakkies and five trucks have been collected at a cost of R7 500 each. </p><p>‘These illegal dumpers obviously have deep pockets, because they cannot get their vehicles back until they have paid all related fines. On the plus side, a second impoundment will require a release fee of R10 000 and a third impoundment is a R15 000 release fee, so it becomes more difficult for repeat offenders. I appeal to the public to help us catch those responsible for dumping. Not only is it a sight for sore eyes, but there are health risks associated with illegal dumping and it costs the City a small fortune to clean up after illegal dumpers,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p></span><p><span>​​</span></p>2017-01-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#90ff6e6b-739b-4655-9dcf-f0afbedab142;L0|#090ff6e6b-739b-4655-9dcf-f0afbedab142|Dumping;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0081d166-0367-4473-ab34-0f37174e94fa;L0|#00081d166-0367-4473-ab34-0f37174e94fa|ghost squad;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement1


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