Drunken driving worrisome in Kathu

Community & Police

During the month of February 2018, about eleven arrests have been registered for drunken driving alone, says the Station Commander of SAPS Ka-thu, Lieutenant Colonel Neville Klaassen.
Lieutenant Colonel Klaassen said that most worrying was that vehicles are being overturned in the central business district of the town. This is due to drunken drivers not observing the rules of the road, causing accidents due to over-speeding.
“Generally there is no vehicle that can overturn at the strictly regulated speed of 20-40km an hour. Unnecessary accidents have become normal in the town caused by driving under the influence of alcohol. This time around, the police are taking yet another approach to ensure drivers obser-ve the law.
“The other challenge encountered is that
most of these accidents are caused by people without drivers' licences. As we approach the Easter Holiday, the police have drafted a special diary to ascertain that road safety comes first and that those caught outside the precinct of the law are brought to book,” he said.
Lieutenant Colonel Klaassen said that in the past two months, the numbers of drivers arrested swelled to about 40 and 60 re-spectively, and the majority of these were intoxicated. He said that the police have an instant breathalyser that can detect the le-vel of alcohol intake and this machine short-ens the argument between the victim and officers on the road.
Lastly, he said that road carnage can be controlled if drivers can abide by the rules that promote safety on our roads.