Monday, March 29, 2010

Over five hundred in traffic fines issued over the weekend

By Khanyisa Tabata
29 March 2010


Five hundred and forty warrants of arrest were executed by the Operation Reclaim to arrest hundred and twenty motorists who had erred in paying their fines.

Traffic Services Chief Inspector Merle Lourens says the outstanding fines amounted to R510 740.

“A taxi owner was also arrested on 54 outstanding warrants totaling R49 650. He was taken to Wynberg Magistrate’s Court where he was granted bail of R29 000. The owner, unable to pay the bail, was subsequently detained at Pollsmoor Prison.

“We also arrested eighty eight alleged drunk drivers this weekend in roadblocks held in Durban Road, Bellville; Old Paarl Road, Kraaifontein; Main Road, Somerset West; and Kleinvlei, said Lourens.

Lourens added that the highest readings were recorded at 0.98 and 0.91 – almost five times the legal limit of 0.24mg per 1000ml specimen of breath.

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