Mobile breath testing unit latest effort by CoCT to crackdown on drunk driving
The City of Cape Town is increasing its efforts to crack down on drunk driving.
It's launched a new Mobile Alcohol Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Testing (EBAT) vehicle.
The specially modified vans will travel throughout the city allowing officers to stop and test motorists, anywhere, at anytime.
Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security at City of Cape Town says testing labs are under extreme pressure, and it can take up to nine months to get blood test results.
The labs are heavily impacted by all these blood samples and that in fact impacts on other criminal investigations. The goal is to do these things [testing] on the side of the road.Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security at City of Cape Town
When we arrest somebody, we usually take them to the Shadow Centre in Athlone to take evidence there, but that takes up a lot of time.
Smith says while they haven't been able to secure permission to do the blood tests on the side of the road, the new vehicle will simulate the testing that would previously have taken place at the provincial traffic office.
Now we will be able to use the testing device that shows if someone is under the influence of alcohol - we take them to the RBT vehicle, take the sample there and if that is proof positive that evidence is admissible in court and we will be able to arrest them and immediately take them to court.Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security at City of Cape Town
It means you've got evidence that is immediately accessible and we should be able to expedite the cases dramatically.Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security at City of Cape Town
Listen to the full interview here:
Centre for Child Law's Isabel Magaya says it is advocating for a social worker to look at the situation at the child's home.Read More
Real Meal Revolution CEO Jonno Proudfoot has created a brand new programme designed to redefine your relationship with food.Read More
Olivia Jasriel was abused by Bob Hewitt and says she has been 'constantly traumatised' by the criminal justice system.Read More
Dudu Myeni's lawyers are trying to reach an agreement with the Department of Justice on how to settle the debt.Read More
The Sunflower Fund recruits stem cell donors and gives hope to patients in need. Here's all the info on how to make a difference.Read More
Who are the players to watch in this World Cup? In the 4th episode of Beyond the Touchline we take a look at the players who are likely to impress in this tournament.Read More
Member of Parliament Marie Sukers believes pornography is at the heart of objectifying women.Read More
The child was being collected from Izibuko Primary School after a school trip by her father, who was also fatally shot.Read More
Rain CEO Willem Roos says the coverage will expand to Cape Town, Durban and other major metros from 2020 onwards.Read More