Athlone speedster convicted

2016-05-10 06:00

A man, arrested on a charge of reckless and negligent driving, has been found guilty, after a two year court case.

The man was arrested in June 2014 in Athlone after City of Cape Town officers chased him down during an illegal street race.

The magistrate handed down a sentence of R3000 or 30 days imprisonment, plus a further six months direct imprisonment suspended for five years on condition that the accused is not found guilty of the same offence during the period of suspension. His licence has also been revoked for a six-month period.

“I am very satisfied by this outcome because, if nothing else, it shows that there are consequences for motorists who continue to use public roads for their personal amusement,” says JP Smith, the City’s Mayco member for safety and security.

In an operation focusing on illegal street racing on Sunday 1 May, the City’s Traffic Service arrested three motorists for reckless and negligent driving and three others for drunk driving. Officers recorded an additional 2149 transgressions, including a motorist who was clocked doing 162km/h on FW De Klerk Boulevard.

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