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Joburg metro cops warn of roadblocks

2011-12-13 08:56

Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police will target drunk and reckless drivers, people not wearing safety belts and cars with smooth and damaged tyres at roadblocks over the festive season.

Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said on Monday that metro police would also keep a hawk's eye on minibus taxis and buses.

High-powered police would lie in wait along highways to catch speedsters, he added.

Driving at more than 40km/h above the speed limit in 120km/h zones would lead to instant arrest. Offenders caught doing up to 160km/h risked fines of R1 500.

Minnaar said over the weekend nine people were arrested for drunken driving in Sandton, and 11 were caught speeding near the Alexandra offramp on the N1.

Comments
  • UweK - 2011-12-13 09:08

    we wish you fining xmas, we wish u a fining xmas, we wish you a fining xmas and big bonus cheque !

      IcemanGP - 2011-12-13 09:57

      It's for the New Year party.

      MastersVoice - 2011-12-13 09:59

      I suppose the cops will be looking for "donations" to help with their own personal Christmas funds! Every time I see a Metro Cop, I can't help but think he or she is corrupt. I certainly do not believe they are concerned with upholding the law at all!

      Peter - 2011-12-13 10:02

      Mr Minnaar, will you please instuct your law-breaking slobs to wear their seatbelts and refrain from using their cell phones whilst driving? There is no provision in any act that allows them to do so - despite their pathetic excuses that they have permission to do so.

      Fredster69 - 2011-12-13 10:17

      I have a brilliant suggestion...let's spite them all and obey the law...howz that

      Martin - 2011-12-13 10:25

      fredster im all for taking food out of their mouths, might save their lives oneday

      Arthur - 2011-12-13 11:52

      Obeying the law means no drinking= no clubbing=less profit=job losses.

      Martin - 2011-12-13 12:43

      they dont care bout the crime, crime is necessary so that fear can be peddled, and security services can be hired ie: police, military, adt lol, so that wars can be waged for profit, human nature creates " crime" they need us haha

  • procold2 - 2011-12-13 09:08

    why only come out at xmas,sound like their xmas bonus was not up to scratch need to make some more.

      Hendrik - 2011-12-13 09:20

      First thought that came to my mind as well. Creating an opportunity to rake in massive amounts of cash in bribes.

      Craig - 2011-12-13 09:34

      Exactly what I was thinking! Our roads are slaughter houses throughout the year and putting all the effort in now, is kinda pointless if a drunken ass takes me out in Feb cause there is little or no presence!

  • ruan.buhr - 2011-12-13 09:12

    Great! More hungry Metro out on the prowl....mmmmmm wonder where Alexandra offramp is on the N1? Last time I checked it was on the N3???

      Hendrik - 2011-12-13 09:19

      That off ramp is one of the "tricks up their sleeve".

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-13 09:23

      No its in gauteng.

      Alan - 2011-12-13 12:44

      There is no Alexandra offramp on the N1 or N3. The London Road offramp on the N3 goes into Alexanra.

  • Michael - 2011-12-13 09:13

    Do the Jhb Metro Police wear their seat belts? The Durban Metro Police certainly do not. It is a case of do as I say not as I do. In most coubtries the metro police set a good example of how to drive correctly and legally, but not our guys!!!

      VWhitepaw - 2011-12-13 11:02

      I've seen jhb metro police talk on cellphone while driving. Overtaking in the yellow lanes (without blue lights on). Skip robots (again, no light on). Speed on the highway (need I say, no lights on). Police is not above the law although they think they are. Probably should add, that there most probably are police that abide by the law but the image of the police looks very bad.

  • Burtfred - 2011-12-13 09:13

    "High-powered police would lie in wait along highways" Have they been given new batteries?

      Hendrik - 2011-12-13 09:21

      They've been equipped like Duracell Bunnies.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-13 09:30

      And I'm wondering where the duracells fit in a high-powered cop.

      K0BUSL - 2011-12-13 10:32

      Nah, no new batteries, these are the Police Officers that have all been selected for promotion to SPALE.BRT.TAB - Senior Police Official Lacking in Education But Ready To Take A Bribe...... in other words Politicians in Training

      makesuthink - 2011-12-13 15:23

      that is the new position instead of sitting at speed cameras or as some people would rather have it in which lane will they lie in wait.

  • Paulo - 2011-12-13 09:14

    so in other words be prephared to be solicted for a bribe, maybe shot at, potentially raped and most certainly of all not made to feel safe (coz the taxi 100 meteres up the road from the road block will still drive on the pavment and shoot out onto ongoing traffic knowing full well thay they are above the law) Merry Xmas everybody

  • jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:20

    This should be done all year round , not just over Christmas. Something is really wrong with this country. Damn the man.

  • Nitronic - 2011-12-13 09:22

    There is a new movie out about Metro Cops!............. It's called Puss in Boots!!!!

      henk.vorster - 2011-12-13 10:00

      haha good one ;D

  • Nitronic - 2011-12-13 09:25

    Yeah just like the two sister's they raped in fourways! Metro cops is a bunch of criminals

      Netanya - 2011-12-13 14:14

      How can they expect civilians to abide by the law when the men and women trained to uphold it are NOT!! Totally screwed up!

      Ashwin - 2011-12-13 15:30

      if the cops reported to wayne minaar, then wayne minaar is just as responsible for the rape. Sun Zhu, the art of war says something along the lines of:If the soldiers do not obey the commander then it is the commanders fault. To set an example to the soldiers, punish the commander. If I remember correctly, two of the kings wives, acting as commanders, were beheaded before the soldiers fell in line. Hmmm.

  • Vicky - 2011-12-13 09:25

    Most of which is an effort to solicit bribes

      Chris - 2011-12-13 09:46

      But you can only pay bribe if you are guilty. Innocent drivers have no reason to pay bribes to metro cops.

      Jerolan - 2011-12-13 09:52

      well said chris

      VWhitepaw - 2011-12-13 11:06

      "Innocent drivers have no reason to pay bribes" Yes... They can contest the arrest the following morning in court. Wait... Spend a night in jail. I would rather pay even if I am innocent.

      Dave - 2011-12-13 11:06

      @Chris and Jerolan....and we have stats on how many bribes were paid because the driver was in fact guilty? you get stopped on a Friday afternoon and threatened for no apparent reason, what are you going to do? Protest your innocnece and then cetainly end up in the back of a van

      Arthur - 2011-12-13 11:55

      Brother beleive me youll pay. Remember the complaints department dont work on weekends.

      makesuthink - 2011-12-13 15:28

      I was told that i was speeding when stopped by JMPD and knew for a fact that I was not, all the guy wanted was a bribe so told him I only had R30.00 ON ME he asked me to show him which I did and he took it. As I drove off I shouted to his two Partners sitting on the centre island that I had given the guy R90.00 for food and drink for them all R30.00 each, never heard another word from JMPD.

  • Waldemar - 2011-12-13 09:35

    They speed past me blue lights flashing not wearing safety belts , just to pull off at the petro port to buy pies and coke FINE EXAMPLE THEY SET TO THE PUBLIC

  • CarlS - 2011-12-13 09:45

    Traffic Cop: "I'm afraid I'm going to have to fine you sir" Driver: "Where does all this fine money go to? Saving up for the yearly Traffic officers Christmas ball?" Traffic Cop: "Traffic officers do not have balls sir!"

  • Bonjo - 2011-12-13 09:49

    I think Cabs and Goodfellas are going to be my main mode of transport this festive...

  • Jerolan - 2011-12-13 09:51

    lets hope for some consistency. No let offs with warnings. No special treatment for politicians Equal treatment for everyone irrespective

  • Nitronic - 2011-12-13 09:54

    Why does Metro Cops not get HIv/Aids???????? Every virus has its pride!!!!!

  • Lizelle - 2011-12-13 10:09

    all these road blocks will be going up but look at how many people have died on our roads already just in the last few weeks leading up to the festive season

  • drishworth - 2011-12-13 10:13

    Most of the comments so far have been negative or derogatory about the Metro Cops - not without justification - but would you rather read that they are not going to blitz over Xmas? I'm pleased to see that they are going to be out in force - SA drivers are also not innocent and hopefully these drivers will be nailed. So come on Metro Cops, try regaining your credibility and do your jobs - do them well and make sure that you target those that are the real threat to us on the roads. May I, as a law abiding motorist, be pleased to see you Cops out on the road instead of feeling threatened. Happy Christmas!

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-13 10:52

      Agree

  • Bryan - 2011-12-13 10:23

    Why is it that when I have my licence and have no outstanding fines the Metro Cops wave me through but when I don't, they stop me? :/

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-13 10:51

      My thoughts exactly

      makesuthink - 2011-12-13 15:31

      They now have number plate recognition equipment so they know who has outstanding fines

  • Deon - 2011-12-13 10:48

    Have your donation money ready!!!!! YOU will be stopped.....please ppl be aware!!!

  • Dharmesh - 2011-12-13 11:58

    1) Driving at more than 40km/h above the speed limit in 120km/h zones would lead to instant arrest = 160km/h 2)Offenders caught doing up to 160km/h risked fines of R1 500. Mr Minnaar, which of the above two points will be severely dealt with? The two points above are quite contradictory. Are you smoking something? Please share.

  • Paul - 2011-12-13 12:09

    Locking the gate after the horse has bolted!! This blitz would not be nessesary if the people on the roads had a consience, manners or regard for others. I leave it there. Happy Easter 2012!

  • Thomas - 2011-12-13 14:13

    Can someone please tell me if the 10 kph over the speed limit is still allowed, usually driving 125kph is okay and you don't get a fine? And if it is applicable in Kwazulu Natal as well?

  • Hennie - 2011-12-13 14:50

    Yeah this is yet another Money Making scheme...They will never get it right.Keep the Trucks and Taxis of the Roads and scrap all cars that are not roadworthy.Do not sell Alcohol at Christmas Parties and other Functions.Now this will make a difference...

  • Graeme - 2011-12-13 14:55

    No prob, got a boot full of KFC and a couple of fake R50 notes............. should be good to go, ho ho ho !!!

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 16:21

      Right. No drivers license required.

  • George - 2011-12-13 15:42

    Gov will never stop crime or carnage on the road. They have a 14% stake.

  • hannesw1 - 2011-12-13 15:44

    Same old story every year...Road blocks (that are so predictive) can only do that Mr Minnaar...maybe apprehend the few stupid drunk ones that are not aware of them, smooth tyres, battery clamps, documentation and safety belts. In other words petty little traffic offences. It (road blocks) cannot convict a drunk driver, it can merely proof illegal alcohol level as your officer did not see the "drunk driving" as he was standing at a road block. Detect reckless drivers? How do you want to do that when standing at a road block? The only way to detect a reckless driver is by patrolling. It's one thing to arrest a driver, but a completely different issue to convict that driver so stop giving us the window dressing big numbers, give us your conviction rates. Thousands of drunk driving cases never make it to the the end because of sheer incompetence of traffic officials. Traffic law enforcement in this country has become one of the biggest farces and jokes and you know it Mr Minnaar.

  • Enlightened - 2011-12-13 16:29

    whilst I under absolutely no circumstance condone drunken driving or driving un-roadworthy cars, no matter how small the short coming, I do feel the following needs to be said. How many people are killed in this country every year in drunk driving,reckless driving or accidents caused by automobiles being un-roadworthy? I have a figure of around 14600 based on a figure of up to 40 people a day over a 1 year period as printed in the news. That's unacceptable by any standard. Agreed. Even 1 is one too many. However, how many Murders, Rapes, hijackings took place over the same period? all together, probably more than 10 times the 14600. Some may argue this is responsibility of two different departments. THEN PLACE THE FORCE WHERE IT IS NEEDED MOST!!My feeling is that a drunk driver, when arrested, hands himself over and 99 % of the time, faces the consecuences of his deeds, appears timeously in court and accepts the outcome. Easy target, no sweat murderers may fight back, often with letthal force.I could carry on and on. Bottom line is the easy crime is being targeted to give the impression that something is being done when the true paria is left to roam at its leisurely. Lets of course not forget that you have one beer; you're over the limit. That can easily make a R17.000 fine which gives someone something to mis-apropriate. Arresting a serial Rapist or murderer, yields nothing except security and the honor of police work well done, nether of which are government priorities.

  • Faizel - 2011-12-14 09:57

    Did metro inform KFC,as they must make sure they dont run out of stock. Or why dont metro make it easier for the public and ask them to deposit the COOLDRINK money direct into KFC account.(suprising how these roadblocks are never more than 5 km. from the nearest KFC )

  • Avinash - 2011-12-21 08:34

    Can someone please answer this question; can the JMPD lock you up at a road block for outstanding fines? This has been a question which has not been answered.

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