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Blue light cop car slams into biker

2011-11-18 11:47

Pretoria - A lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology has allegedly been knocked off his motorbike by a police car at an intersection in Pretoria, Beeld reported on Friday.

According to the report, the policeman did not get out of the car to see whether PK Smit, 48, was injured.

"When I asked the policeman what was so important that he had to disregard a red traffic light he said: 'But my blue light was on'," Smith said.

The accident occurred on Monday at the corner of Skinner street and DF Malan drive.

Smit had been waiting for the traffic light to turn green, and when it did, he pulled off.

No sirens

"When I got to the middle of the intersection, a police car came racing along at a stinking speed. Only his blue light was on, not his sirens. I heard his revving in my helmet."

Smit swung out and hit the flying squad car's passenger side then landed on the ground.

He broke two ribs.

This "blue light" incident comes after Thomas Ferreira, 18, was knocked over near Krugersdorp earlier in November, allegedly by a driver for Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi.

The vehicle allegedly skipped a red traffic light and overtook a taxi on the yellow line before hitting Ferreira.

An eyewitness said a blue light was flashing on the vehicle at the time.

Xoli Mngambi, spokesperson for the Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, said Ferreira was still in a coma in hospital and had contracted double pneumonia.

The driver had also been charged with reckless and negligent driving.

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Comments
  • Shirley - 2011-11-18 12:03

    Come on! How long will this be allowed to continue??? The politicians with their over inflated egos and "urgent" destinations is a load of cr&p! The ubited states president doesnt evenbehave in such a manner so where do these clowns think they are. Once again its a case of shut up and accept! Sue the state!

      djmain1 - 2011-11-18 12:21

      Only problem with sueing the state is guess who pays for that - US!!!

  • Fredster69 - 2011-11-18 12:03

    This must stop now. How many people must be killed on the roads due to the ignorance of these so called law enforcers. They are NOT above the law.

  • Shaun - 2011-11-18 12:03

    Before you move off from a red light, look left & right and ensure it is safe to do so!!

      Koekies - 2011-11-18 12:22

      You're correct but we require sympathy now, not judgement.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-18 12:04

    Sorry-United states.

  • Nick - 2011-11-18 12:05

    Really? Another One?! Really????

  • morwape - 2011-11-18 12:06

    this is the second incident and nothing has been done except charging the wrongdoers with minor offences.i think it's time for our parliament to amend criminal law act by replacing reckless and negligent driving with attempted murder.

  • John - 2011-11-18 12:14

    The entitlement mentality of these SAPS idiots are just too much to handle these days. This fool understood only half of the training he received that a blue light goes with a siren to warn innocent people of your stupidity. And oh yeah, you still need to slow down at any intersection to ensure your dumb actions doesn't hurt anyone. This imbecile was probably on his way to pick up his pre-ordered KFC before it got cold!

  • Liz - 2011-11-18 12:18

    what is it with you people and colour, we all have the same bone sructure and bleed the same red!! we all laugh, cry and get angry or sad . the blacks have a permanent sun tan, which i am sure quite a few whiteys wouldn't mind having, us whiteys just happened to fall into a barrel of bleach. that's the only difference.

      Herman - 2011-11-18 12:21

      Nope, there is scientific proof of differences. But, enjoy yourself anyway

      Johan - 2011-11-18 13:14

      Whatever you say buddy. Do some reading, and try look a little further than News24. Someone posted here the world's population is +/- 8% black (I think its more), and at the same time blacks make up 80% of prison population. How's that? Bad luck? Let me know please.

      Deon - 2011-11-18 13:14

      It is about a blue light not about race. On that note the Proteas are bleeding red or green today?

      Johan - 2011-11-18 13:29

      Sputnik, here's some homework. One of many sites: http://www.rense.com/general77/racedif.htm Enjoy Points 1, 5 and 6. Heck, tackle the rest as well while you're at it! Have a nice day. Pwned. Here. Have some more: http://human-stupidity.com/stupid-dogma/racial-differences-intelligence/race-differences-in-intelligence-how-i-changed-my-mind And if you have time in your busy schedule, read The Bell Curve a little. You might like this quote: Ethnic Differences in Cognitive Ability - East Asians typically earn higher IQ scores than white Americans, especially in the verbal intelligence areas. African-Americans typically earn IQ scores one full standard deviation below those of white Americans. The IQ difference between African-Americans and whites remains at all levels of socioeconomic status (SES), and is even more pronounced at higher levels of SES. Recent narrowing of the average IQ gap between black and white Americans (about 3 IQ points) is attributed to a lessening of low black scores and not an overall improvement in black scores on average. The debate over genes versus environment influences on the race IQ gap is acknowledged. Pwned, again.

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2011-11-18 12:21

    CAN SOMEBODY TELL THIS COP THAT THEY ONLY CLOSE AT 21:00 AT KFC, . . . . . . WATS THE HURRY?

  • Wanda - 2011-11-18 12:22

    News24 blog has become a playing ground for racial slurs. Every topic always end up in some tag war between black and white, no more do people comment about matters at hand. The longer I watch this go on, the more I see that SA is more devided than before.

      Andre - 2011-11-18 12:43

      Only 8% of the world population is black. They constitute 80% of the prison population around the world.The rest of the world population is Racist. Go figure.

      jacques.budler - 2011-11-18 12:50

      It saddens me to see how we are regressing, you can only blame trolls for so much and at the end of the day how you respond to a troll is your choice. People blame trolls for stirring yet they allow themselves to be stirred. If people could bring themselves to rise above responding to stirring and rise above a need to respond with emotional slurring we would be progressing positively. Come on SA citizens up your game, its not about race its about right and wrong and that my friends has no colour. What happened in the past will continue to be contentious and it should be but it can be positive contention and not negative. I know to many I will sound ridiculous and that my friends is what saddens me.

      Rob - 2011-11-18 13:07

      @Andre - You're so wrong it's scary, anyway the real figures on demographics are as follows: Asian 60.6%, Black 14.1%, White 16.7%, Latino 8.5%. You can even educate yourself a little more here: http://www.prb.org/pdf06/06WorldDataSheet.pdf I doubt you will though because you pull facts and figures out of your ass and try pass them off as authentic. Get your facts straight stupid "white" guy. :)

      Johan - 2011-11-18 13:33

      Sorry Rob. Andre might be a little off on his numbers, but he's allot more correct than you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_States Note the charts on the page http://www.prisonpolicy.org/graphs/raceinc.html The chart says it all.

  • MBA - 2011-11-18 13:14

    the 'blue light bridgade' must be stopped once and for all. Rules of the road must be applicable to all.

  • Jonathan Groenewald - 2011-11-18 13:26

    A few months ago here in Cape Town,an ambulance and a response car were driven into by reckless drivers. Unfortunately one passenger in the response car died and the person that was driving the ambulance is recovering well after being in a coma. That story didn't even make the radio. Think it got a 200 word column in Die Burger,that's it. People are so quick to jump down emergency workers throats about how they drive. Have you ever driven in an ambulance and seen how people react?it's a wonder that there aren't more accidents. I don't condone the actions of this police officer. They do drive crap imho.All I'm asking is that you are not so quick to judge emergency personnell because we also suffer from bad drivers,being the general public. Let us drive into someone,the country is goin to the birds. Let someone drive into us....ag they were prob doing something reckless anyway,no bother.

  • Marrok - 2011-11-18 14:12

    just brilliant - there's a definite reason why the chops and tools get to run the country, because the 3 ouks that don't have a portfolio there are all bickering because we range from black coffee to latte. WTF. one set of rules, for everybody, integrity and honour as basic requirement. and no more yadda yadda. so we're different. yayy. but the same. yayy. it doesn't make a difference does it. we still bounce around like a bunch of fleas on hot desert sand waffling about whose hind legs are the strongest, while we all toast away into oblivion.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-18 20:34

    Stop these blue light idiots. They only abuse their privileges! The only people who need them are the police.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-20 09:22

    Sadness.

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