Drivers' phones confiscated in Cape Town

2012-07-06 10:08
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Traffic cops confiscate cellphones

2012-07-06 08:08

Watch these traffic officers in Cape Town catch motorists using cellphones while driving. A new bylaw has come into effect that sees motorists caught on their phones fined R500 and their phones confiscated.WATCH

Cape Town - A Cape Town taxi driver has become the first person in the city to have his cellphone confiscated after he was caught talking on his phone without a head set or car kit while driving.

The Cape Argus reported that the new by-law had taken effect in Cape Town on Thursday.

Jean-Benoit Biyoko was caught while driving in Long Street in the city centre.

A traffic spokesperson said Biyoko was very apologetic and co-operative.

His cellphone was confiscated and would be returned to him after 24 hours. Biyoko could keep his SIM card and memory card and was fined R500 for talking on his cellphone while driving.

An undercover “ghost squad” would be patrolling the city streets to catch offenders.

The Cape Times reported on Friday that a total of 16 motorists had their phones seized during the first day of the clamp down on drivers using their devices without a hands-free kit.

Most claimed they were unaware of the new by-law.

- What do you think of the by-law? Have you been caught? Send us your thoughts.

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