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
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