Monday, March 23, 2009

Errant motorist brought to the book

By Mandisi Tyulu
23 March 2009

The Metro Police campaign to make roads safer for all users has brought a number of errant motorists to book in the past three days.

Last Friday, a number of vehicle check points were set up in the Helderberg area and 137 motorists were fined for various transgressions of the Road Traffic Ordinance. On the R44, 66 traffic fines were issued of which 23 were for not wearing a safety belt.

Metro Police spokesperson, Nowellen Petersen, said Motorists who under-estimate the risk of driving without a safety belt and this is particularly relevant on the R44 which has a high accident rate.

During a joint operation with members of the Goodwood police station on Saturday evening, six motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The operation started at 22:00 and finished at 01:00 on Sunday morning, says Petersen.

“Voortrekker Road, which is exceptionally busy at night, was the target of the operation and, in addition to the six arrests, 60 traffic fines were issued. Thirty three were for motorists driving without a licence and 13 for unlicensed motor vehicles.”


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