400 fines after music festival
Johannesburg - Over 400 traffic fines were issued during a sixties music festival held at Monare farm outside Mahikeng over the weekend, the North West department of public safety said on Tuesday.
The zero tolerance operation issued 173 speeding fines, the worst offence being a car travelling at 188km per hour in a 120km zone, said spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele in a statement.
Another vehicle was caught driving at 124km per hour in a 60km zone.
Eighty-five people were also arrested for driving without licenses.
"Twenty-two drivers were issued with fines for not wearing their seat belts while 15 were for passenger overload and another 15 for ignoring road traffic signs," Kgwele said.
One VW Polo reported hijacked was recovered and a state vehicle was impounded for suspected abuse.
North West MEC for public safety Desbo Mohono commended the officers of road traffic management and the local municipality for their successes.
“The operation is a precursor of intensified zero tolerance operations motorists can expect across roads in the province throughout the festive season," she said.