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Drunk driving cases dropped in absence of blood tests

WC Transport MEC Donald Grant says there are currently just over 12,000 unprocessed blood samples.

FILE: Donald Grant says the city has put systems in place to handle drunk drivers throughout the festive season. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant says most drunk driving charge cases are being thrown out of court because there is a backlog in blood tests that are needed to prosecute drunk drivers.

Grant says there are currently just over 12,000 unprocessed blood samples.

"Most of the drunk driving cases are being thrown out of court, because there's no official blood test. So the magistrate after a period of months eventually dismisses the case."

However Grant says the city has put systems in place to handle drunk drivers throughout the festive season.

"We're going to try prevent smashes happening, so we've got a full program planned for December through to January."