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Speeding biker kills traffic cop

2011-11-06 07:39

Johannesburg - A speeding motorcyclist killed a traffic officer on the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, the department of transport said.

Spokesperson Logan Maistry said according to KwaZulu-Natal Traffic Authorities, principal provincial Inspector (PPI) Ashrina Ramklown, 33, was knocked and killed whist trying to stop a speeding motorcyclist on the N3 near Midmar Dam, outside Pietermaritzburg.

The motorcyclist also died as a result of the crash. "We want to convey condolences to the family and colleagues of PPI Ashrina Ramklown, who was senselessly knocked and killed by a speeding motorcyclist in KwaZulu-Natal earlier today [Saturday]. Our thought and prayers are with them all during these difficult moments," said Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

He said called for tougher punishment for road users who continue to display a blatant disregard for road rules and traffic officers.

Comments
  • spookhuis - 2011-11-06 07:50

    Ja, think bike my arse. Bikers must also just think. There are many tracks available for them to use.

      Yar - 2011-11-06 08:06

      Spook I am also a biker and I agree with you. I started riding on the track a few years ago and loved it so much that I now instruct on the track. My experience shows that most of the highway speed merchants don't know how to ride properly. They can go fast in a straight line, but that's all. Proper handling skills such as cornering and braking are a mystery to most of them. Going to the track gets that desire to speed out of the system. Any idiot can speed, riding properly takes savvy.

      Anthony - 2011-11-06 08:25

      my condolinses to both families. I,am not a biker, but I do know the human body CANNOT stop a moving mass of metal @ 40kmh -160kmh. A defrent method of stopping the biker should have being used'

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-11-06 09:09

      I was on my bike and stopped by a cop, he stepped into the MIDDLE of the road, I was doing 75kph and stopped ok. One does not step into the middle of the road if a bike or car is speeding +-140kph. Condolences to both families.

      Stephen - 2011-11-06 10:26

      spookhuis please provide a list of these "many tracks available" in KZN.

      spookhuis - 2011-11-06 10:36

      Stephan I can tell you the N3 is not any of them.

      Ben - 2011-11-06 10:43

      Just yesterday morning in Valhalla, PTA, around 10:00 a group of bikers, on their own closed a street for drag racing! Now "Think Bike" my backside they have no respect for other road users.

      jacques.beyers - 2011-11-06 11:12

      @Ben, I really wish you could have written down the bikers' registration numbers and published them on ThinkBike so that the world can know who the wanker-bikers are.

      Andre - 2011-11-06 12:19

      ThinkBike is a registered NPO with the express purpose of raising awareness and saving lives. Although it is a "biker" organisation, we promote road safety to all. It is a fact that a certain number of people will be reckless and negligent. The mode of transport is purely coincidental. Attacking the ThinkBike organisation because you saw a biker, or biker do something stupid, is in itself not very mature or intelligent. It would be similar to attacking all men, because someone raped. What we need in South Africa is more respect for each other and the laws of the land. This article is about one person showing fragrant disespect for the laws. Most of the commentary that follows, shows blatant disrespect for fellow South Africans.

      spookhuis - 2011-11-06 13:19

      Andre , I understand what you are saying, I point I was trying to make is maybe, just maybe, ThinkBike should focus on these type of bikers. Make them aware that there are rules for road use and they MUST be stuck to. Maybe Natal does not have a track, but hay, where I live there are no tar roads, I still have to pay the same fees to use those dirt roads and have to respect the rules of those roads.

      Yar - 2011-11-06 13:34

      To all you guys shouting about tracks. In KZN ther are track days at the old Roy Hesketh circuit, probably only a few K's from the crash site. We lots of Natal guys (and gals) at Kyalami and at Phakisa in Welkom. Please stop blaming Think Bike they work for safety, not against it.

      James - 2011-11-06 17:20

      Years ago in Pietersburg doing 60 in a 35mph a stupid Cop jumped in front of my lotus at the last second. I did a 360 in the middle of the road. Something about SA Cops they should be sued.Have done 110 in 30mph, 140 in 55 mph in the States, touch wood no problem.

      Sheda - 2011-11-06 18:28

      Condolences to the family. We have a government tht takes advantage of the unemployment in this country by getting people to do dangerous jobs and put their lives at risk so that they can collect revenue. Then they blame speed. How can they expect a person to step in a road in front of a vehicle doing at least 120kmh. Then they blame speed and not a pathetic safety manual.

      lucas.coetzer - 2011-11-07 09:20

      If that traffic knew better he would still be alive, jumping in front of a speeding bike on the highway. What an idiot. They say SPEEDING BIKER KILLS TRAFFIC COP. They wont say IDIOT TRAFFIC COP JUMPS INFRONT OF SPEEDING BIKE ON THE HIGHWAY AND GETS KILLED. What are these idiot traffic cops thinking pulling cars and bikes over on the highway. Its just flippen dangerous. They should know better

  • cjsmit.christo - 2011-11-06 07:55

    My condolinses to both families. Both parties here were responsible for each other's deaths. The biker for speeding and the traffic officer for trying to stop a speeding biker in a certain manner and expecting him to stop in a certain distance that was impossible. Think before you drink, think before you speed and think before jumping infront of a speeding vehicle or bike.

      grant.hide - 2011-11-06 12:01

      In-genius, Writing that down in my study notes.

  • ferreira.charmaine - 2011-11-06 08:04

    So sad. We passed the accident just after it happened. Made our trip back to Durban rather somber. May both of them rest in peace and condolences to the families.

  • africanwolf - 2011-11-06 08:26

    The problem with the traffic cops is that they always stand in the middle of the road, and endanger their lives while it is not needed. She could simply send him a fine home or invite him to court. many times they stand on the road and you see them in the last moment.

  • Ari - 2011-11-06 08:45

    A tougher punishment than death? The mind boggles . . .

  • Ian - 2011-11-06 08:46

    How often have you seen an idiot traffic cop, jump out in front of an approacj=hing vehicle, putting all involved's lives at risk? This is often the result.

  • Lara - 2011-11-06 09:04

    And if the cops don't do anything, then they're useless.

      Gammat - 2011-11-06 16:05

      Useless is an understatement.

  • Ben - 2011-11-06 09:11

    Think Cop... dumb ass biker...

      jacques.beyers - 2011-11-06 10:20

      Think my shoe kicking your head, you dumb ass in-breeder

      Greg - 2011-11-06 17:57

      little wanker !!!!!

  • Michelle - 2011-11-06 09:12

    "Tougher punishment for road users who continue to display a blatant disregard for road rules and traffic officers" All good,but as long as the traffic officers are consistent. Am assuming the tougher punishment will also apply to taxi drivers etc etc.

      oosthuizen - 2011-11-06 09:50

      Its not just the taxis that are killing people, and they dont account for the majority of road deaths. Traffic cops dont do their jobs because they are useless and too stupid to think.. Jumping in front of an vehicle is just stupid, I cant feel sorry for someone that was killed like this... I feel sorry for the bikers family

      Merven - 2011-11-07 07:46

      "Tougher punishment for road users who continue to display a blatant disregard for road rules and traffic officers" Surely this must apply to the blue light convoys also?

  • ricky.cockcroft - 2011-11-06 09:36

    arrive alive...eish

  • marc.landsberg1 - 2011-11-06 09:45

    A lot of anger shown here. Does anyone know the exact circumstances of the accident?

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-07 02:44

      @Cy ya that's a good idea why the cops just shoot people dead to protect them from getting hurt in an accident.

  • Guillaume - 2011-11-06 09:45

    Where are the apologies from the department of traffic to the victim's family? He might have been speeding but that certainly did not give her the right to put his life at risk with her intervention. The whole point of having traffic cops is to make our road safer, not more dangerous...

      Winsome - 2011-11-06 09:53

      How do we know if he was speeding? We don't know any details as yet - and both of these unfortunate people died in this accident. My feelings go to both sets of families - this is so tragic just before Christmas too.

      Cy - 2011-11-07 00:47

      @Guillaume really,and you feel the biker can go and endanger everybody's life on the road by speeding. the biker got what he deserve! Condoloneces to the traffic cop's family

      Gerrie - 2011-11-07 12:30

      CY, please leave this site...nobody likes you.

  • Clive - 2011-11-06 09:49

    Think Bike should redirect their "awareness campaign" at the very bikers whom they claim to represent. Expect no sympathy and "understanding" from other road users and law enforcement as long as you carry on and ride like a bunch of idiots, recklessly and speeding like missiles out of control. Your wild undisciplined behavior and disregard for road safety, rules and the law, is going to come down on you and make life difficult for the few disciplined bikers out there. I will have no sympathy - you dont own the road!

      richard.buhr - 2011-11-06 12:59

      I ride a bike every day. Reasonably responsibly (no accidents in the past 5 years of commuting and touring). I covered about 45000km on my bike over the past two years with many a heart stopping moment, though by being careful no life stopping moments. Sometimes one is simply unlucky, but most accidents or fatalities are caused by people being reckless and stupid. I've almost hit a traffic cop who ran into the road while I was riding at the speed limit, thankfully I have ABS on my bike. No speeding nor recklessness on my part there... but still an accident was narrowly avoided. It is silly to say all bikers are reckless lunatics, just as it is silly to imply all motorists are saints. I've had some fellow bikers anger me with their idiocy, I've had the same with cars, trucks, pedestrians, etc. It is the individual in control of the vehicle, not the broad group of people who use the same mode of transport. Though Darwinism (using the term very loosely) takes care of many of the reckless idiots, there is just sadly so many innocent lives lost in the process. I wish that a culture of responsibility and care on the road could be fostered in the future, though sadly I know this is a bit of a pipe dream. Ride/drive safe y'all

      Gammat - 2011-11-06 16:15

      Lol @ jacques. The other day a woman driver wanted to skip the stop street, saw me coming on my bike and hesitated and then pulled right in front of me, saw there is an imminent collision and slammed on brakes. I was already on the brakes anyway, but came to a stop about a wheels width from her door. I lifted the visor and asked her "what happened?". She shrugged her shoulders and said she don't know. Thats what happens when you switch on the engine before you switch on your head. Between cars you always get the lame oke that sees you coming and deliberately tries to close the gap. I usually communicate in hieroglyphics when that happens.

      Cy - 2011-11-07 00:59

      @Jacques real men keep by the rules of the road and don't speed and drive reckless like some bikers (you are one of those idiots obviously). I almost killed a biker tonight. I passed a car on the right hand lane, put my indicator on to move back into the left lane, looked in my mirrors and blind spot, it's save to do so, just as I start to move over a dumb ass idiotic biker drove at +-250km/h pass me on my left hand side and in my lane (right hand lane), I had to swerve to the right to miss him. After reading your comment, I regret that I tried to miss that biker, I just should have drove him of his bike, and I hope it was you!!!!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-07 02:49

      @Cy - I meet people with your attitude on a daily basis. They feel so frustrated being in a car that they would happily kill a person on a bike. You will know these people becuase their side mirrors hang on the sides of their cars.

      Merven - 2011-11-07 07:50

      "Real men are bikers." Lol, you must get past puberty Jacques. If you measure your 'manhood' against having a bike I feel very sorry for you!.

  • Stephen Rushbrook - 2011-11-06 09:56

    I wonder if the biker went off the road & hit the cop or if the cop got hit on the highway while flagging the biker down? Stepping onto a 120kph highway would be suicide or stupid right? My experience is that in Natal the cops jump in front of you to flag you down.

  • Neeus - 2011-11-06 10:08

    Think bike, Ha! Bike Think should be the bumper sticker...Weave, down between rows of cars, loud, wheelies in suburbs, high speeds in suburbs, across solid barrier lines, you name it and the bikers do it, no not all but the reputation of the bikes is becoming that of the taxis because of the wanker factor in some riders. All this said but if the traffic officer ran out in front of the biker then she caused the accident and the dept is liable for the death of the biker. Training issues need to be addressed here. My condolences to both families an all involved.

      jacques.beyers - 2011-11-06 11:23

      Like you stupid children racing around in your VW Golfs, with your backwards cap placed over greasy unwashed hair, with your thumping sound systems? Then it is the wheel spinning, speeding, and the erratic driving, together with the reckless over-taking, and the obliquity driving while drunk. Ratio-wise there are more of you dumb-a$$es in cars than there are on bikes. Your kind cause more death and injuries on the road than any biker could. When last have you seen or heard of a biker being arrested whilst driving drunk? Is that reserved for the "angelic" car drivers? Think Bike is there to remind you to do just that, think. Instead of dreaming while you are driving, scratching your scrotum/labia, taking cellphone calls or texting, you need to wake up and think. The sticker should be "Think, you low IQ'ed abomination of humanity, think! Wake up!!!"

      Betweenuandme - 2011-11-06 12:28

      Judging by the hostile comments coming from biker jacques.beyers ... hmmmm, I wonder who's more reckless on the roads??

      jacques.beyers - 2011-11-06 14:37

      @BetweenMyThighsItSttinks - How on this green earth can you make the correlation between hostility to imbeciles and reckless driving???? Please walk me through that flawed though process? Let me understand what it is like to live with such a huge hollow void that is your mind? There should be a rule to practise late abortions so that people like yourself can be stopped from voting and breeding. You are the reason humanity is as screwed as it is.

      Betweenuandme - 2011-11-06 15:22

      @Jacques: Aggressive much? I'd be embarrassed if I were you or knew you. Definitely wouldn't want to come across you on the roads. I think you're the reason that bikers have a bad rep.

      Cy - 2011-11-07 01:07

      @Jacques your next my mate.....6 feet under, and I'm going to laugh my ass off... Lets just say, the pot is calling the kettle black!!!!!

  • Neeus - 2011-11-06 10:10

    Think bike, Ha! Bike Think should be the bumper sticker...Weave, down between rows of cars, loud, wheelies in suburbs, high speeds in suburbs, across solid barrier lines, you name it and the bikers do it, no not all but the reputation of the bikes is becoming that of the taxis because of the wanker factor in some riders. All this said but if the traffic officer ran out in front of the biker then she caused the accident and the dept is liable for the death of the biker. Training issues need to be addressed here. My condolences to both families an all involved.

  • Andre - 2011-11-06 10:11

    Speeding? 5ks over 10 or 15 who knows, stupid act. condolences to both families!!

  • ian.bosch - 2011-11-06 10:12

    "road users who continue to display a blatant disregard for road rules and traffic officers." they will only start earning respect when they atop using traqffic cops as a menas of generating income or extorting bribes form motorists.. no compassion or any feeling for any trafic cop , they are better dead than alive..

  • Ruff - 2011-11-06 10:45

    bikers ... I apologize to the few decent ones out there, but it seems that the majority have the notion to get from a to b as fast as possible while making as much noise as they canand upset the public any way they can ..hence everytime one comes back "in the news" ... I crack a Carling !! .... cheers !

  • stephen.cole1 - 2011-11-06 10:50

    I see the mention of the death of the motorcyclist was an afterthought ! Anyone think that the Police tried to stop him dangerously ?

  • jeff.brodie1 - 2011-11-06 11:06

    I am not saying the biker wasnt speeding, but you cant step in front of a speeding biker.He needs time to stop!!!!! stupid cop! I agree Traffic cop killed biker and Herself. Believe me , he didnt go into her on purpose!

      Sassenach - 2011-11-06 11:29

      100% Jeff. The biker still has to look in his mirrors to see if it's safe to stop. (That's what I have been taught) Sometimes on a bike you are safer by accelerating past a group of cars travelling at the speed limit. Besides we don't know all the facts, do we?

  • Beverley - 2011-11-06 11:29

    MY condolences to both families, however I have often seen how silly the traffic cops are when jumping out of the bushes to stop someone, I myslef have nearly run one over on the N3 and he was trying to stop the car behind me.

  • Peter - 2011-11-06 11:30

    A fitting ending for the maniac riding the motorcycle. If he had not been killed, he should have been charged with aggravated manslaughter and the sentence for that should be life in prison. Hopefully, this is what will happen to the barbarian who killed the five joggers in Midrand, although I doubt it.

      jacques.beyers - 2011-11-06 11:39

      and you should get charged for trolling primary schools

      Lara - 2011-11-06 14:45

      Jeez Beyers, you're gonna get sued. Everyone can see who and what you are. I wouldn't appoint you if you applied for a job again. Too many anger issues and probably at risk of getting killed on the road, speeding.

      Peter - 2011-11-06 16:55

      Trouble is Peter it looks as he has money, so going by our laws he will get a slap on the hand if he gives his bail money to the authorities or they lose the paperwork

      Jaco - 2011-11-07 08:26

      Peter, have you never had a close encounter with a traffic officer jumping in front of you, not allowing you adequate time and space or distance to stop safely? The biker might have been speeding, but that is not what killed these two people. The traffic officer jumping in front of the bike travelling at speed killed them. The only thing speed does is give you less time to react and creates a need for more distance to stop. This makes speeding dangerous but that is not what killed these people.

  • Clive - 2011-11-06 11:36

    This is what happens when you hide in the bush and jump out to surprise drivers......

      jacques.beyers - 2011-11-06 11:42

      LOL

      Merven - 2011-11-07 09:26

      Like the China man (Lee) that applied for a job at a factory. "You are in charge of supplies" the manager told Lee. A couple of hours later the manager can not find Lee, looking every where. As the manager walks past a closet, Lee jumps out and shout: "Supplies!!"

  • Michelle - 2011-11-06 11:42

    @Oosthuizen. I fully agree. Just wish that there was an explanation as to why rugby fans at Loftus get arrested for having a beer while braaiing after a game but after a soccer game for example in Soweto No law Enforcement regarding "Drinking in public" Am aware that I'm off topic here but my question is, Where is the consistency??????

      oosthuizen - 2011-11-06 11:53

      Probably because the cops were drinking with the fans hahaha! I agree with you, no consistancy.. Traffic officers generally drive like fools themselves, with their do as i say not as i do attitude..

  • Phil - 2011-11-06 12:11

    Our cops need to realise that this is not the 18th Century. Why on earth would a sane person choose (or be instructed) to step in from of someone who is already breaking the law ? This just another example where we are way way behind much of the rest of the world.

  • paulina.kaczanowski - 2011-11-06 12:12

    stop cbr 600rr 2011 abs 113km to 0 95 meters tested.

      PyroSA - 2011-11-06 15:09

      120km/h to 0 takes about 115m if everything is going well. The first 33m is attributed to reaction time.

      Yar - 2011-11-06 16:53

      All this in a perfect world with a rider who knows what he is doing. You forget that some Sunday morning breakfast runners are at speeds of 250+ KM/H. That is over 56 Metres per second. Braking hard or taking evasive action at that speed is well beyond the capabilities of the average breakfast runner. Braking to a full stop from that speed will half a kilometre. Poor biker thought he knew what he was doing. Poor cop probably never knew what hit her. 2 wrongs make an almighty mess.

  • ihitge - 2011-11-06 12:35

    Only in SA do traffic officers still jump out of the bushes to pull vehicles over. This is a dangerous practice and I am surprised it does not happen more often. I am not sure this was the case but I am not sure if the guy was breaking the speed limit by 50km or 10km, which we are all guilty of at one point or another. More information is needed before we all freak out about this.

  • len.foulsham - 2011-11-06 13:25

    "He said called for tougher punishment for road users" THIS GUY GOT THE ULTIMATE PUNISHMENT WHEN THIS PRICK JUMPED OUT IN FRONT OF HIM!!

  • Silvana - 2011-11-06 13:34

    "He said called for tougher punishment for road users who continue to display a blatant disregard for road rules and traffic officers." I think they've missed the point here. Your'e traffic officers need proper training. This has happened before, where both motorcyclist and traffic officer were killed on that same stretch of road. What happened in that incident was that the traffic officer was over zealous and jumped out of nowhere to stop the cyclist causing the cyclist to lose control and both were killed. Stupid stupid waste of lives.

  • Trevor - 2011-11-06 14:05

    Some of these comments are going so far of this incident...fact remains, a stupid ass cop decided they were a brick wall and could like the hand of GOD, stop a moving STEEL object...IDIOTS!! If I was the family I would SUE the traffic department..I had a cop do the EXACT same thing to me while I was towing and I was NOT speeding but she jumped out infront of me, I ALMOST flattened her and all she wanted, check my trailer license....point is, the cop KILLED the biker and if "it" survived, a court would find "it" guilty of man slaughter. So cops get educated, this is nothing new and to date, not ONE cop that has done this has survived...car, truck or bike, YOU WILL DIE!!Use common sense for pete's sake.......

      goldwright - 2011-11-06 14:44

      No "it" died. TWO PEOPLE died, whoever you feel to blame. Maybe if the biker hadn't been speeding in the first place, both PEOPLE would be alive. Depends which way you look at it, all a matter of perspective & how much you have............

      oosthuizen - 2011-11-06 16:34

      @goldwright has it been proven in a court of law that the biker was in fact speeding?

      goldwright - 2011-11-06 18:15

      @oosthuizen, - has it been proven in a court of law that the biker was in fact not speeding? Has it been proven in a court of law that the traffic officer "jumped out" in front of the biker, as some are also assuming?

      oosthuizen - 2011-11-06 19:18

      @akarags Point taken and I agree the facts are sketchy. My point is, if the traffic officer was NOT on the road this would have been avoided. The transport department is way too arrogant and ignorant to admit that their traffic officer could have been at fault, just look at the ignorant fool aka Transport Minister Ndebele's insincere statement, and not mentioning the poor bikers family..!

  • Lauren - 2011-11-06 14:36

    Both parties were at fault. Anyone speeding & deliberately breaking the law DESERVES to be stopped/fined. What was the cop thinking? "I'll just will the high speeding bike to stop with my body, as I'm impervious to the laws of nature." And that on a national highway... It's not one or the other's fault, they're both to blame. However this is very sad, my condolences to both families.

  • goldwright - 2011-11-06 14:54

    So some say the Traffic cop shouldn't have stood on the road trying to flag down a speeding motorcylist, each to their own, we are all entitiled to our own opinions, and hope we don't get shot down too much for having such opinions. All of us commenting, did anyone actually witness the accident????? Who saw just how fast the biker was going, or if the cop stood in the middle of the road or the side of the road, how much attention was the biker paying to his surroundings if he was going particularly fast? Who on this comment thread knows for sure? At the end of the day though, the biker was breaking the law by speeding & laws are there for a reason. Surely if you are going to break the law, you know there might be consequences of some sort? Sadly in this case it was death, and it is TWO losses, two sets of family & friends in mourning. I am a motorcylist and have been flagged down, by a cop standing more sensibly on the side of the road, - he did not "jump out" in front of me, but as I was not speeding, & paying attention to my surroundings, I noticed the cop, and pulled over. Simple. You want to speed, go to a race track.

  • Bryan - 2011-11-06 17:18

    Is it true the officer shot the biker?

      Cy - 2011-11-07 01:26

      I hope so!!! best punishment that can be given to somebody who speeds, especially a dumb ass idiotic biker. They must make this type of punishment the law!

  • Eileen - 2011-11-06 18:10

    I think we can all agree that a different method of stopping speeding motorists needs to be used.

  • Derek - 2011-11-06 18:52

    Basic law of physics dictates that a human cannot physically stop a 250kg motorcycle or a train for that matter. I was very nearly killed on a highway on a non speeding motor cycle by a female trafficer the size of a small car trying to stop a non speeding truck jumping into MY lane of travel. Twice in one month did I tell cops at late night roadblocks to wear their reflective vests if they are too lazy to put out traffic cones to indicate their presence around a bend in the road. Who's supposed to train these people?

      oosthuizen - 2011-11-06 19:23

      We have people like the transport minister in charge of them... The transport minister did not even know that public transport vehicles have a speed limit of 100kmh on a highway, how can we expect someone like him to lead these lost souls? They have an important jobs, but I believe most of the public has lost all respect for them due to their arrogance, ignorance and general lack of respect for the law they were appointed to enforce..

      Cy - 2011-11-07 01:30

      @DvdM My opinion, all black people, no offense, should be forced to wear reflected vests at night, you just can't see them at night until it is too late

  • Tyrone - 2011-11-06 20:12

    Almost no-one obeys the traffic laws. Just a few whiteys that long for discipline. Problem is, it is not consistently or fairly applied. My bike does 120 km/hr in first gear! Biking has always been about speed, freedom and living on the edge. Problem is, there are so many illiterate road users, law enforcers, etc. I feel bad for both families! There is a saying that, as a biker, I like: "I make a mistake and I die! You make a mistake ......and I die!".

      Cy - 2011-11-07 01:32

      If you want to speed, have freedom and living on the edge with your bike, go and do it somewhere else and not on public roads.

  • carmen.m.davids - 2011-11-06 21:08

    My sincere condolences to both families as they prepare to bury their loved ones.It is a very sad and unfortunate situation.

  • sbpmb - 2011-11-06 21:36

    First of all condolences to BOTH families, somewhere out there tonight, TWO families are dealing with the most immeasurable pain and loss. Secondly, being an IDIOT is NOT part of the job description, and tainting the collective whole due to a FEW bad (idiotic, corrupt, lazy, stupid) apples is disgusting! And now as we enter into the Festive period where you are all planning your holidays, shutdowns, Christmas, New Year etc etc, we as the law enforcement family look forward to long shifts, NO leave, and in all likelihood a shift on Christmas and New Year, and being called out at all hours to recover your stolen cars, or to secure an accident scene at the most ungodly of hours, leaving our family, our kids, to go and assist you and yours. Yes there are a few 'bad apples' but dont dont drag down the rest because of them. Especially in tainting the good name of a traffic officer who is not here to stand up for herself, and lost her life doing her job, and trying to keep other motorists and members of the public safe! This officer was asked by colleagues to back them up, and assist them in this case...this was not a case of building up "revenue" as is the misconception... Fleeing from law enforcement is no accident. And loss of lives, law enforcement official OR motorist, is truly a sad day for everyone. EVERY loss of life is heartbreaking, especially so when it is unecessary. May both your families, friends and colleagues be comforted at this very sad time. RIP

  • Jaco - 2011-11-07 07:11

    Hi, I am also a biker and have been riding for over 30 years. This biker was obviously in the wrong, but from experience I know that traffic officers just jump in front of you expecting you to stop, when you travel in a 60km/h zone but when travelling at a higher speed it takes a distance to stop safely. In my opinion this biker was wrong to travel at this speed, but the traffic officer who jumped in front of him killed him.

  • Corrie - 2011-11-07 07:51

    Nog 'n vragie aan die "bikers"? Wanneer gaan julle begin om tolgeld te betaal instede van om agter ander voertuie deur te glip by die tolhekke? Die man was duidelik verkeerd - hy het die wet oortree en met sy lewe geboet. Gaan kyk bietjie in die middae op die Ben Schoeman hoe die "bikers" soos besetenes jaag en nie net hulle lewe in gevaar stel nie, maar ander padgebruikers ook. Geen simpatie met die "biker". Simpatie met die "spietkop" - al hou ek nie van hulle nie.

      Michelle - 2011-11-07 07:55

      Nog 'n "antwoordjie" aan Corrie Ek en my man is "bikers" en ons betaal altyd tolgeld. Pasop om te veralgemeen. En geen simpatie met die biker is 'n baie sensitiewe kommentaar. Dalk voel die "biker" se familie nie soos jy nie. Bietjie "narrow-minded" Klaarblyklik het jy nie mense naby aan jou wat motorfietse het nie.

      Dean - 2011-11-07 14:17

      Sorry Corrie, But the question is when will a case of copable homicide be opened against the traffic officer, clearly it was a case of suecide and the poor biker got murdered .................. my condolances to both families for their losses.

  • trevor.putterill - 2011-11-07 08:12

    Bad safety on the Traffic Police, probably the safety componant was not done at at all.... they do it time and again , i should offer them a course in safety.

  • charmaine.pauwels - 2011-11-07 13:17

    @Cy. Just by your statement that ends with '.. there are really a GOD!!!!, it goes to show that your elevator does not reach all the way to the top!! NO ONE deserves to die! It was an accident. Condolensces to both families.

  • marie.klitzke - 2011-11-16 16:16

    my condolences to both the deceased but how the hell can you jump in front of a motorbike trying to stop him on such a high speed???? this is not the 1st time that this is happening , maybe there is something missing in his/her training as a cop?

  • Jason - 2011-11-27 09:30

    Bikers are taking more risks on the roads. They have an untouchable mentality and this normally backfires. The "Think Bike" campaign means nothing if they do not respect the law and other cars on the road. I normally make way for bikes due to their lack of wheels, but normally think afterwards that they could probably stick to the same speed limits, etc. I personally feel bikers are losing the battle on the roads due to the stigma of them becoming like Taxi drivers imposed on them.

  • Alan - 2011-11-27 10:11

    darwin award

  • DavidvanderMeulen.Jordaan - 2011-12-13 17:35

    What kind of idiot steps in front of a superbike... Just clock the speed and send him a ticket, now 2 people are dead cause of pure idiocy

  • Jesse - 2012-03-27 13:56

    They must not stand in the middle of the highway.One word.DANGEROUS.How is a bike suppose to stop within 50metres,if you travelling at high speed.A bike has far less rubber on the road than a car.Happens all the time.The cops are crazy to even think of jumping in the road.Let the biker pass and just call back up ahead.A phone call is much quicker than anything.Risk 2 lives at once.Even Valentino Rossi wont stop in time when u have 1 of those insane people in the road.If you are an experienced biker,the moment you see him standing in the middle of the fast lane trying to wave you down,its to late to even think of stopping,you have to now plan an escape route.No need to panic.Just react quick and go to the far left,and I mean yelow line left,so even if there was a car in the slow lane obstructing you,you have all that wide yellow emergency lane to use.RIP to both,but too many stupid chances are taken by the roadside police.They need to set up a skills learning centre of how to handle this exact situation.Like I say,let them pass by,and make that simple phone call.Block road ahead etc.I can go on and on,but I think this is enough info.(AND THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH TRACKS IN KZN)

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