The City of Cape Town said
since the introduction of the Traffic By-Law in 2012 over 3 000 cellphones
have been impounded every year.
The by-law states that no
person shall drive a motor vehicle on a public road while holding a cellular or
mobile telephone, or any other communication device in one or both hands or
with any other part of the body.
Mayoral Committee Member for
Safety and Security JP Smith said by the end of June 2015, a total of 9 465
cellphones had been impounded, which is an average of 3 155 per year.
Smith added that to date, 4
182 motorists have reclaimed their phones which means that another 2 600 are
sitting at Ndabeni impound, as couple of other thousands phones are distributed
to various Traffic Services offices across the city.
“We will moving to the
impounding in due course from obviously overtime when these phones are not
collected, once the legal proceedings window has closed and the fines have not
been disputed and overturned by court we are able to dispose these phones”
Meanwhile Smith said motorists
are still refusing to acknowledge the dangers of using cellphones while
Smith said research shows that
distracted driving due to texting or operating a cellphone while driving is
more dangerous than drunk driving and has become the leading cause of road
death in many countries.
Smith said whilst we have
consensus from the public and good understanding that drunk driving is really
bad and dangerous people believe drunk drivers should be prosecuted.
He also added that there is
still high level of tolerance amongst cellphone users in terms of their
behaviour even though they know it to be dangerous and this is very much how
the drunk driving debate went initially and took time to be mobilised the consensus
against that practise.
“I think we will see the same
with the cellphones and in the meantime, the City must continue to try and strive
to bring our road death toll down, as we have done successful in the last few
years and the focus on the instructor drivers is an important part of that”
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