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Speeding Beemer drivers arrested

2012-05-27 22:04

Johannesburg - A spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police said on Sunday that three people had been arrested for driving over 173km/h in the Elsburg area.

Spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said the three were arrested on the N17 freeway in both directions.

He said: "A 40-year-old woman driving a white BMW was stopped for doing 173km/h and a 35-year-old man in a maroon BMW was caught doing 179km/h.

"A 29-year-old man driving a white BMW was cornered for clocking 182km/h."

The three claimed they were running late for "attending problems at home; late for a flight, and late for church".

They were arrested and charged with reckless and negligent driving and would appear in court soon, Mokheseng said.

Meanwhile, a 48-year-old man has been arrested for reckless and negligent driving after going 212km/h in a 120km/h zone, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

The man, apparently a mine manager from Witbank, was arrested around 08:30near the PetroPort on the N14 going towards Pretoria, spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalu said.

"He was taken to Muldersdrift SAPS where he was formally charged and will be appearing in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court tomorrow [Monday] morning," he said.


Comments
  • CoronaSherona - 2012-05-27 22:24

    Obviously BMW drivers think they are above the law. As for being late for church (seriously?!), a meeting or having a problem at home - what happens when you kill somebody on the road. You will be going to church to bury them, you will have to meet their family and the only problem you are going to have is facing others and explaining why your recklessness and failure to consider others has meant a life has been lost. My suggestion, take their licenses away and make them ride bicycles for a year and crush their cars in front of them.

      Rob - 2012-05-28 00:55

      Some people have the audacity to dislike this comment. Get some twisted minds in this country!

      nathanjaysa - 2012-05-28 01:02

      I totally agree with you 100% and best of all i guess the "Dislike Votes" on your comment can ONLY be BMW Drivers that feels guilty about the truth behind it all. i wish i had a built in camera in my car and youtubed the amount of "RUDE i own the road BMW drivers" in Pretoria. i would surely get a good amount of views and hits on that. i think when BMW sells a car they should give the NEW owners training on how to drive there cars, since half of BMW owners don't even know how to use there indicators.

      John - 2012-05-28 06:18

      Obviously non-BMW drivers like making generalisations... Statements like Corona's are silly thing to say, and about as accurate as saying all people who wear cotton briefs are speedsters. It's completely nonsensical. Take a second, and think about it: you're saying that because you happen to drive a certain brand of car, irrespective of who you are, you now "think you're above the law"?. That's ridiculous.

      Vincent - 2012-05-28 06:58

      Funny thing is, I saw four cops in a SAPS BMW yesterday, speeding on Main Reef road, running a red light, and just not using any indicators. All of this, while no flashing blue lights! Now is that just typical BMW driver mentality, or typical SAPS mentality?

      silv3rback - 2012-05-28 07:33

      Let me start off by saying - I drive a BMW. Now think about what you just thought about after reading that comment. I'm filthy rich, live in Clifton and don't have any respect for other road users, right? WRONG. Instead of posting a BS article with one car brand why not bring up some stats to debate about. What car BRAND is caught the most speeding? Oh wait, I'm also being an ***hole now. It's a car BRAND FFS. I guess when you buy a BMW you're mind changes and is altered by the superior cars technology. What a load of BS. Yes, BMW's are powerful cars. So are many, many others too. VW GTI is also very capable of exceeding the speed limit, as it a Tazz. It's the drivers responsibility, not the car brand. Maybe you all should go drive a BMW and realise that 140km/h doesn't feel fast at all, purely because of the way the car is designed. Volvo is the same, as is any other luxury, high-end car with a big engine. So, stop trolling News24, sell your POFS non-BMW car, cancel your internet, take your troll face off and start thinking about things with proper stats to back up your arguments.

      Karolina - 2012-05-28 07:38

      Perhaps its the generalisation of BMW drivers that got thumbs down??? I drive a BMW and the last speeding fine I got was in 1992 for doing 68 in a 60 zone!...in a VW Jetta! SAfrican drivers no matter what they drive are selfish, negligent, have no manners - seriously - only BMW drivers??? Childish comments.

      silv3rback - 2012-05-28 07:43

      Just had a look at my fines now... got more in my NON-BMW Toyota RunX. 4 fines to be exact.... in my E39 M5 (Just for the haters, it's a massive 5L V8. Environmentally unfriendly and obsequious)... ZERO fines. Guess we need to do an article on irresponsible Toyota drivers now, because generalising is winning. MSP.

      leenesh.singh - 2012-05-28 08:48

      I used to be a really good driver....until I bought a BM....

      Glenda - 2012-05-28 10:38

      @Corona Sherona. Yes BMW drivers do have a attitude!!! @At the thumbs down - are you Guilty?

      Glenda - 2012-05-28 10:59

      @silv3rback. Your comments are insufferable! Me thinks your the troll? If you own a BMTroubleyou, good for you,depreciating asset! Me I would rather own property.

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-27 22:27

    No one in a hurry to comment tonight? drive safely and sensibly and avoid this and a whole lot more. I remember doing 125 driving out of capetown on a misty night when this bus overtook me doing well over 160. I gave chase to see the number on the back and report it. I couldn't keep up, fords 55kw rocam engine couldn't match the bus, for 10 min flat, even down shifting to 4th up the hills and whaling the engine to rev limiter at 6.3krpm couldn't match the buses outright speed. I caught up to him at the tunnel and I phoned the owner whose number was on the back. He thanked me and said he would take immediate action. It was one of those massive tranlux like buses, I don't think anyone was onboard though. Operated by some other company i won't say who though. v12 diesel turbo, i have no idea but wouldn't be surprised.

  • Shahied - 2012-05-27 22:28

    Problem is... men consider their car an extention to their penis...what the case with the woman ??

      silv3rback - 2012-05-28 08:33

      @nathanjaysa - We don't think traffic signs and road rules apply to them? As I said in my above comment, it's a car brand - it doesn't control your mind. I'll admit to being a "prick that drives a BMW" as you say if you admit to being a small minded, generalising person who enjoys throwing around their unsubstantiated, biased opinion.

  • mabura3 - 2012-05-28 01:22

    tjo!..i've than more than that before.....no more

  • Karel - 2012-05-28 04:24

    Arrest them and bring them to justice ! It is absolutely outragious to drive at those speeds on a public road! PS: Let them pay for the tolling system !!!!

  • Twentyfivemay - 2012-05-28 06:33

    They speed coz they know theyl only get away with a fine no jail time

  • Schofeild - 2012-05-28 06:36

    It's a fast car. Get inside and you will see. There are times I can't even tell I'm driving 120km an hour. That's the way of life, The car is too comfortable not to drive at such high speed. Why not lock the cars to 120km an hour for the public? Anyways I drive a one, and I love it.

  • pjugroop - 2012-05-28 06:59

    i do at least 210KPH Daily BMW is pretty reliable at those speeds, ovbiously such speed should be not done in a speed restricted zone. This then does not have anything to do with "BMW drivers" we are a good lot.

  • my10cent - 2012-05-28 07:07

    Yep, BMW,Audi,Mercedes and most SUV's - the drivers/owners are mostly ...holes!!!

      mjvandersandt - 2012-05-28 07:54

      Sell your worn out Chery QQ and go and have a weekend breakaway. Maybe you will feel different when you come back.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-28 07:24

    Yep it's official..Beemer drivers are ars*holes!! Especially the prick who tried to bully me to move into the emergency lane so he could carry on speeding!! F*ck you!!

      mjvandersandt - 2012-05-28 07:55

      Keep left, pass right. Standard rule, been there for years.

      Piet - 2012-05-28 08:55

      Jealousy is a nasty thing my man!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-28 07:36

    now can we arrest the drivers without licences and get the 1000s of non-roadworthy cars OFF our roads please!!!

      mjvandersandt - 2012-05-28 07:57

      And the ones with bought licences. Probably 50% of the population nowadays. So it seems in anycase.

      mariuskowie - 2012-05-28 08:38

      You will have the biggest riot on hands that you ever saw. The "authorities" have to target the more affluent to reach their monthly monetary targets. The unlicensed crowd do not pay their fines. It is also very costly to find them afterward. The cash cow , luxury cars, needs to be milked to the extreme. It is safer to travel at 180km/h in one of the well maintained luxury cars than it is to travel at 80km/h in one of the non-roadworthy rattle traps that are dominating our roads more and more. Just look at the news reports for the past week. Look at how many casualties the taxi industry alone clocked up. Now Durban is not enforcing the traffic laws anymore for taxis. Logically, it means selling your BMW and replacing it with a V8 equipped taxi look alike. Then you can drive like you want, safe from traffic enforcement.

  • Zion - 2012-05-28 07:41

    Hopefully they get a real stiff sentence behind bars. a monetary sentence would not be affective because bemmer drivers usually have that kind of cash. SPEED KILLS OR FOR THE PEDANTIC: THE ENERGY OF SPEED KILLS.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-28 07:49

    BMW, Audi and Mercedes drivers must have sore arms, because it must be difficult having to use hand signals all the time because they buy cars that don't come with indicators, not a bright bunch. They think they own the road and love to sit in the fast lane doing 50 km/h and refuse to move when you come behind them. So I do the same now, if they come up behind me, I slow down just to piss them off.

      Glenda - 2012-05-28 10:44

      Luv you man!!!!!!!!!!

  • Piet - 2012-05-28 08:38

    Corona. Eish, with the same reasoning I can assume that all people called Corona are idiots! Lets ban them from the internet.

  • blackie.tshayana - 2012-05-28 09:42

    Beemer drivers always have to deal with a lot of crap. I've owned all the big 4, and I was more of a speedster in the Merc than in the other 3. Most fines I got for speed, Merc - 15+, Volvo - 2, Audi - 1 and BMW - 1. Funny part is that I was almost on first name basis with the Durban Metro cops and the magistrate in 2006, driving a 1992 Corolla 1.6GL. I had a ticket almost weekly, I even had a budget for speed fines, coz no matter what I did, I always forgot to stick to the limit. By the way my corolla wasn't stock standard.

      Glenda - 2012-05-28 10:47

      So you are bragging? Small minds entertained. Next time you are in an accident and you have wiped out a family, come back and read your comment! You should be locked up!!!!!!

      nathanjaysa - 2012-06-19 10:19

      @silv3rback you say i am "small minded, generalising person" LOL!! then how do you explain Blackie.Tshayana comment, i REST MY CASE Facts speaks for it self, BMW drivers don't consider others safety on the road and traffic rules don't apply to them. Enough said.

  • Tuskal - 2012-06-18 16:07

    Ow come on, 173km/h, arrested? What is 179km/h? You are only starting to warm up your vehicle by then.

  • j.tsitsi - 2012-06-18 19:16

    I need to stop speeding aswel.

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