At least 8 people dead in WC roads this weekend

17 people were arrested for drunken driving, a decline from last weekend’s 29.

FILE: Officials say five of those were pedestrians. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - At least eight people have died on Western Cape roads since the start of this weekend.

Seventeen people were arrested for drunken driving, a decline from last weekend's 29.

Western Cape traffic's Kenny Africa says they issued fines of over R260,000 to errant motorists.

"Out of the eight fatalities we had this weekend, five were pedestrians and three were occupants in motor vehicles.

At the same time, the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have arrested eight motorists in a sting operation targeting speeding drivers.

The motorists clocked speeds of over 160 kilometers an hour on the R21 near Olifantsfontein this morning.

One of those arrested was a 38-year-old man caught driving at 197 kilometres per hour, who claimed he was rushing to the OR Tambo International Airport.

While a 62-year-old man in a Mercedes Benz registered 196kilometres per hour.

EMPD's inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said, "All eight arrested drivers were released after posting bail of R1,000. They are expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrates Court soon to face charges of reckless and negligent driving."