Speeding: man fined R40 000

2012-07-05 00:00

A PORT Shepstone businessman received a hefty sentence in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court yesterday after he was convicted on two counts of speeding.

Riaad Dawood Moosa (39), who represented himself, pleaded guilty on both counts.

On February 13 he was trapped on the N2 near Ellingham doing 226 km/h in his BMW M3 and on May 7 he was caught driving at 180 km/h. He was sentenced to a fine of R40 000 or eight months’ imprisonment.

When magistrate Giel van Aarde asked Moosa if he knew what the legal speed limit on the road is, he replied: “I believe it is 120 km/h.”

He said that he did not realise what speed he was doing because he did not look at the speedometer.

During the 226 km/h offence, traffic officers took off after Moosa in a high-speed chase of almost 40 km on the N2 from Park Rynie to St Faiths where construction work was in progress.

The court heard that Moosa had two previous speeding convictions from February 2007 and June 2010.

“I don’t believe this … You should not be on the road,” said Van Aarde.

During mitigation of the sentence, Moosa accepted he was wrong and told the court that he had been going through a difficult time, having sleepless nights and chest cramps brought on as a result of his speeding charges.

In pleading for leniency, he said he needed his driver’s licence to conduct his business, which employs 15 people.

He said he could not employ a driver because the recession was harming his business.

Van Aarde told Moosa that the Park Rynie Road Traffic Inspectorate jurisdiction area is a zero-tolerance zone.

“Between December and now, 145 people have died on the N2 between Hibberdene and Umkomaas. This includes pedestrians.

“Do you know what would have happened if you hit someone at 226 km/h?”

He added, “You do not deserve a licence. You have no respect for the roads. The only thing that concerns me is that you need your licence for your business needs.”

The magistrate allowed Moosa to keep his licence on condition that it be immediately suspended if he is caught speeding again.

Moosa opted to pay the fine, paying R10 000 yesterday and making arrangements to pay R5 000 per month from August.

After his appearance in court, he told The Witness that he did not have a love for speed.

“You can’t feel the speed in the car I drive. I am very sorry for these high speeds and I have been duly punished. If I speed again then I must be a lunatic,” he added.

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