Minister Mbombo joins alcohol blitz roadblock with Provincial Traffice Law Enforcement and SAPS

By Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Ministry of Health:

On Friday, 30 October 2015, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo joined Provincial Traffic Law Enforcement and the South African Police Service (SAPS) at their #PayDayBlues weekend alcohol blitz roadblock on the N1 highway near Paarl. Hundreds of motorists were stopped by traffic officers, who performed several driver and vehicle checks as well as alcohol breathalyser tests on the night.  We thank all motorists for their cooperation with the traffic officials.

Minister Mbombo engaged with several motorists on the importance of driving dry and to avoid drinking while driving.

“Injuries are one of the biggest burdens of disease within Health. More than half of accidental deaths are road traffic related. Road crashes account for 64% of all incidents that occur. Excessive use of alcohol and drugs affects the ability to safely use roads,” says Minister Mbombo.

It has been reported that the presence of alcohol is one of the biggest contributors to road crashes. The cost of alcohol-related traffic injuries can thus reasonably be estimated to be in excess of R10b per annum in the Western Cape alone.

All road traffic injuries and deaths are treated in the healthcare system, and that is why it is important to create awareness and education around road traffic safety and to work together with road traffic role-players to make a substantial difference.

Our collective goal is to reduce intentional and unintentional alcohol related injuries and deaths on Western Cape roads.

Minister Mbombo commends all the dedicated traffic law enforcement officers for their commitment to keeping our roads safe and to reducing road traffic crashes.

Between January until October 2015, Provincial Traffic Law Enforcement performed a total of 982 alcohol blitz road blocks over weekends, stopped around 98 000 vehicles and screened up to 60 000 motorists for being under the influence of alcohol.

It is crucial that every road user carry a responsibility to make our roads safer and alcohol free. By working together with our safety law enforcement partners and citizens of the province, we will continue with our efforts to bring about a reduction in road deaths. Government cannot tackle road carnage on its own. All road users are asked to exercise caution, take all basic safety measures and set an example of responsible behavior at all times. Do not drink and drive!

We offer our sincere thanks to all our men and women who spent weekends and week days on the roads saving lives.

Emergency numbers:

–        Direct link to the City of Cape Town operated helpline, connected to the JOC – 021 480 7700;

–        Dial 112 from your cell phone; or

–        SAPS – 10111.

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Minister Mbombo, and Senior Provincial Inspector Carel Volschenk with a motorist