Biker is fined R18?000

2009-12-15 00:00

TRANSPORT Minister S’bu Ndebele has welcomed the R18 000 fine imposed on motorcyclist Le David Hand, who was arrested for travelling at 232 km/h on Saturday.

Hand (33) was travelling on the N2 near Scottburgh when he was arrested and released on R3 000 bail. He appeared in the Scottburgh magistrates Court yesterday and was fined R18 000.

“We welcome the sentence imposed on this homicidal speedster and hope that this will send a clear message to other motorists, that if you commit any traffic offence you will face the full might of the law,” the minister said in a statement yesterday.

“It is for this reason that, as of next year, we will introduce the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO), which will involve changing the life-time right of having a driving licence to a privilege, which drivers must earn by remaining within the law,” he said.

It was revealed in the statement that since December 1, more than 1 500 drunk drivers have been arrested around the country — of which 500 were in the Eas­tern Cape and 250 in KZN.

The ministry said traffic volumes on the country’s roads are expected to increase this week and law enforcement officers will be out in full force to ensure zero tolerance for traffic offences.

Road users are urged to report bad driving on 0861 400 800.

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