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Drunk driver proves to be a heavy load<p>The City of Cape Town’s Ghost Squad literally had to carry a drunk driver to safety during an operation in the Table View area on Sunday 12 February 2017.</p><p>Officers were conducting an operation focusing on illegal street racing when they came across a car that had entered the intersection of Blaauwberg and Jansen Road at around 22:00. </p><p>They found that the driver had passed out behind the wheel, with an empty whiskey bottle and a second nearly empty bottle on the passenger seat. It took three officers to lift the unconscious driver out of the vehicle. The vehicle was obstructing traffic and had to be moved.</p><p>Officers arrested eight more drivers for drunk driving and two for reckless and negligent driving after they were caught participating in an illegal street race. They also issued fines to 63 unlicensed drivers. </p><p>‘Drunk driving continues to form a large part of our operations. Despite the numerous warnings and the potentially fatal consequences, drivers continue to ignore the limits and put themselves and other road users at risk. The City has a zero tolerance approach to transgressors and we urge residents to work with us to ensure safer roads,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><strong>Traffic Services</strong><br>Other successes by the City’s Traffic Service this past week include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">96 arrests for outstanding warrants by the Automated Number Plate Recognition Unit, 717 warrants served, and 244 suspects released on a warning</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">An integrated taxi operation in Kuils River resulted in the arrest of five suspects – four for outstanding warrants and one for assault. Officers also impounded 23 vehicles and issued 102 fines </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Various operations around the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Hospital Bend, Albert Road and Lower Church Street resulted in one arrest for reckless and negligent driving, one for drunk driving, and 3 023 fines issued for various offences</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">In a roadblock held in the Philippi area, officers arrested 18 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers also issued 32 fines for various other offences</div></li></ul><p><strong>Law Enforcement</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Friday 10 February 2017 a truck was impounded for dumping builders’ rubble in Duinefontein Road, bringing to 45 the number of trucks impounded to date in terms of the Integrated Waste Management By-law</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">In the city centre, two officers conducting foot patrols were approached by two women on Friday afternoon who indicated that they had spotted a man breaking into their car on the corner of Church and Bree Streets. The man took a cellphone and denim jacket and the two women had been following him while trying to get hold of a police officer. The two officers found the stolen items in the suspect’s possession and took him to the central police station where a charge of theft out of a motor vehicle was laid</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Saturday 11 February 2017, officers on patrol in Manenberg arrested a 24-year-old suspect for possession of dagga and mandrax</div></li></ul><p><strong>Transport Enforcement Unit</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Tuesday 7 February 2017, two officers were patrolling the 236 (Sherwood Park) MyCiTi bus route when they received a complaint from a woman who had been robbed at Arion Drive by two suspects who then fled in the direction of a shopping centre. The officers responded immediately while calling for assistance. The two suspects were caught and taken to the Atlantis police station to be charged</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Thursday 9 February 2017 a suspect was arrested for bribery in Dunoon. He offered an officer a R50 bribe to try and avoid getting a fine</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">On the same day, a patrolling officer spotted a suspicious vehicle in the Atlantis industrial area. The officer stopped the car and questioned the driver. When the officer searched the vehicle he found one crushed mandrax tablet, one tik ‘lollie’ and two dagga ‘stoppe’</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">On Friday 10 February 2017, the Unit received a complaint from MyCiTi Usasaza Station that suspects were seen robbing people (smash-and-grab). Members of the unit dressed in civilian clothes patrolled the area on foot. They caught one suspect as he and three others circled a vehicle stopped at a traffic signal opposite the Usasaza MyCiTi Station. The driver drove off and the other three suspects fled</div></li></ul><p><strong>Metro Police</strong><br>The City’s Metro Police Department arrested 28 suspects, including 20 drunk drivers. </p><p>One of the drivers was arrested along Stellenbosch Arterial Road on Sunday 12 February 2017 after officers spotted a vehicle swerving across the road. The driver was changing lanes without indicating and disregarding other road users. They stopped the vehicle and requested a breathalyser test which indicated that the driver was over the legal limit.</p><p>Metro Police arrested a further six suspects for possession of drugs, one suspect in Delft for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, and another suspect for possession of counterfeit CDs and attempted bribery. </p><p>On Friday 10 February 2017, officers were conducting visible patrols along the R300 when they stopped a vehicle for a routine check. They noticed the driver was behaving oddly and when they searched the vehicle they found a bag with 265 counterfeit CDs. The suspect couldn’t account for the items and tried to bribe the officers with R100. He was arrested for possession of counterfeit goods and bribery. </p><p>‘Our officers are to be commended for their hard work and tenacity in dealing with a variety of incidents. Some of these cases could have had serious repercussions, and even fatal consequences, had it not been for the intervention of our officers. We urge the public to exercise responsible behavior and work with us to curb dangerous and criminal behaviour,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-02-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#7addfbd5-ca70-49b8-aaa7-c93e8bbd07d6;L0|#07addfbd5-ca70-49b8-aaa7-c93e8bbd07d6|drunk driving1

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