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Speeding biker released on free bail

2012-03-13 19:40

Johannesburg - The trial of a biker arrested for speeding was postponed in the Vryburg Magistrate's Court, the North West department of public safety said on Tuesday.

The man was released on free bail and was expected to make his second appearance on May 2 in the same court, department spokesperson Simon Mmope said.

In a statement, he said 39-year-old Eugene Daniel Smit was arrested on Monday morning along the N14 road about 20km to Vryburg.

Smith was arrested for alleged reckless driving and speeding - 226km/h in a 120km/h zone.

"The suspect, who was riding from Kuruman to Gauteng, failed to stop when he was instructed to do so by the traffic official and was arrested after an alert was made to those officials who were around the Vryburg town."

North West MEC for Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison Desbo Mohono said she was confident that intensified speed law enforcement supported by firm court sentences would contribute to reducing accidents and fatalities, Mmope said.

Comments
  • Cracker - 2012-03-13 20:17

    Nothing wrong with doing what seems to be the norm for the blue light brigade and the higher echelons. At least he did not almost kill anybody.

      Bluecrest - 2012-03-13 20:35

      Well said Cracker! He was on an open road; his life in his hands & not pushing other vehicles out of the way by pointing a firearm...

      Yar - 2012-03-13 21:44

      @Bluecrest I note that you are taking up a viewpoint without any facts. This can lead to losing an argument. Careful!

      Sean - 2012-03-13 22:15

      Sorry guys - I am a hardcore biker.And I can tell you that what he did was wrong.If he had an accident,he would have cost the state resources it can ill afford on youngsters with bloody crotch rockets. However,the courts saw the futility of jailing him - he will have his licence suspended and get a hefty fine,which is fair,but in jail he wouldnt be able to pay that. So he is free to at least work

      snylo - 2012-03-13 22:48

      Sean, as a fellow biker, I agree, he broke the law and that has consequences. But have some empathy ;) Be true to us all and tell us honestly, have you not done the same? Broken he law to some degree while out riding? If not, remove that 'hardcore' adjective from your sentence :) Unless.. 1).You hardcore on your 125cc that doesn't do more than 150km/h lol, or 2). You a Harley rider whose been brainwashed into believing they hardcore and a special breed :D

      Hugh - 2012-04-04 09:56

      hay Snylo, my cruise cant do 150, except on a down hill and a tail wind! But seriously, 225 isn't too bright, no matter how good the modern bikes are. Take it to a track day, we go to too many brothers funerals already.

  • samgaf - 2012-03-13 20:18

    Vruburg looks like a great place to speed

      Skuiter - 2012-03-14 08:20

      you obviously do not know the northwest or the state of the roads.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-13 20:21

    Bikers and coffins.....Another sucker another day

      Bluecrest - 2012-03-13 20:37

      Personal choice... Nothing can beat being on the open road on a pocket rocket!

      Skuiter - 2012-03-14 08:21

      cagers and coffins - another b*tch , another sammich

  • Roelof - 2012-03-13 20:33

    What bike was it? Maybe a Honda CBR600RR ??????

      Yar - 2012-03-13 21:03

      Why ?

      christo.crous - 2012-03-13 22:01

      @Yar because he was so slow.. my old ZX10 pushed 175km/h in first gear..maybe his was stuck in third.. lol

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 20:42

    I am confident that getting rid of Desbo Mohono will bring more sense to North West.

  • Gerhard Lemmer Marais - 2012-03-13 20:54

    North West MEC for Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison Desbo Mohono has never been on a bike wha ha ha ha

      fivazj - 2012-03-13 21:41

      Ya bru Mohono will probebly wet himself when he just sit on a bike. Great for NW Public and Safety - they actually get to the first page of the morning paper. Heyb bru Mohono , what about disintegrated tarr-roads or fully roadworthy scrapmetal-taxis for another front page. ?? OOOPS - am I wasting my tine ?!?!

  • The Real Unskinny - 2012-03-13 21:05

    Who is Smith? Par 3v4? Do 2nd graders write these stories?

  • Michael - 2012-03-13 21:07

    Isn't it about time that the traffic police recognised that bikers cause very few accidents? We are vulnerable and avoid accidents. Most bike accidents are caused by reckless car drivers and the only time bikers damage a car is when they hit them in the side after the car has pulled out without looking. When you do something about the lack of care from car drivers we might start listening to you.

      snylo - 2012-03-13 21:52

      Well said!

  • snylo - 2012-03-13 21:38

    Superbike owners are usually super riders! I'm not condoning the fact that the risk increases as speed increases, but even this bloke, at that speed, was a far safer bet than a trip around town in an unroadworthy, overcrowded mini-bus taxi driven by an unlicensed(or fraudulently obtained licensed)driver. Serious crime offenders get the 'free bail' card too, so quit whinging! Whats worse? Most 'free on bail while on parole' 2nd and 3rd offender murderers and rapists are trotting around carrying out their passion for crime! As Cracker has already said, the 'blue light brigade' of dignitaries and their head-in-the-clouds counterparts, who think they own the roads, regard themselves above the law with regard to speeding, and I bet with half the reflexes, alertness and brains of the biker involved here!

  • Gary - 2012-03-13 21:40

    slow bike....

  • Sean - 2012-03-13 22:12

    Well he was really wrong to do what he did but its good to see the courts realise the effectiveness of the law.

  • Blip - 2012-03-13 22:21

    Only 220km/h? Fully 80km/h shy of being pretty awesome? And only in Vryburg? Pretty much the only passing vehicle in the past hour in that isolated little dump? Huh!

  • adrian.v.d.merwe - 2012-03-13 23:21

    I did 264kph on my R1 and found it impractical to ride those speeds, so now I ride a Scooter :D ... and I've only ever been caught speeding on the scooter!?! WTF? Should have just kept the R1! LOL

  • Compos - 2012-03-14 05:15

    I think this guy deserves a medal to be able to do that speed on those crappy roads. With potholes, no-road surfaces.... oh well thinking about it, you must be able to fly to negotiate those roads.

  • Jaco Wiggins - 2012-03-14 06:17

    Speed does not kill, it is an easy way to make money though. People not knowing basic road rules and rules of driving and unroadworthy vehicles kills. Don't get brainwashed speel does not kill, just an easy way to make money without doing anything.

      Hugh - 2012-04-04 09:59

      its the sudden stops that hurt like hell.

  • Patrick - 2012-03-14 07:45

    The debate around speeding has been ongoing for ages and will rage on. For my 10 cents worth, the circumstances should also be considered. Was it a built up area, was there a significant amount of traffic thru which he was weaving, did he endanger other motorists, was visibility good etc, etc. I also agree with Snylo's response to Sean, the "hardcore biker". Sean, have you always observed the speed limit on your bike? Nothing more irritating than "goodie two shoes". I'm also a biker and speed when and where I believe it safe to do so.

  • Mei-li - 2012-03-14 07:52

    i use to be in the biking community and i can tell you one thing, no one buys a super bike to ride at the country's laws speed, they seek adrenaline and i have been told before by someone " everytime i climb on my bike i know there is a chance i wont be coming back" most bikers are wreckless - i did say i was in this community once, i loved adrenaline i loved going 300 km/h and yes many times i also almost fell off the bike- bikers are inconsiderate to others, dont care about their own lives and blame it always on the cars. hows about THINK CAR when you racing down the highway so fast and the cars cant see you coming, they put their indicator on and move into the next lane and you happen to be between the two lanes and hit the car...wait!its the cars fault! no its isnt! and trust me it took me to come to the other side to realose this , i use to be one of those bikers. now i have a family and i want to be here for them, i also realise others have families and babies why did i ever want to risk almost killing those beautiful children. i do regret it .having said that ,this biker should get a fine coming out his ass and then put in jail for disobeying the law for a week and have his bike license taken away -oh wait there is the high possibility he doesnt have one- and he should never be able to buy a bike again. that could have been my car ,with my husband and my baby in it he almost hit, i promise you i would have killed him if he made an accident if he wasnt dead already

      snylo - 2012-03-14 08:24

      Sorry to hear how you nearly fell off your bike a few times. Obviously you weren't much of a biker when it came to skill. You shouldn't generalize regarding most bikers being reckless, we proberly the most alert, defensive drivers out there. Now go take your standing child off the front seat of the car while you driving and go strap it in, and for your bad case of sour-grapes you have about your ex fraternity, take a double dose of shut the hell up!

      Mei-li - 2012-03-14 08:34

      um for a start dont generalise my son is in his carseat buckled up and i was always a careful biker, the fact i almost fell off was that there were stones falling from the mountain,and the other time oil on the road dont judge if you dont know the facts alert defensive-irony in one sentence.more like careless ignorant dont-give-a-f*ck kind of riders touch ytouchy are we?! Its because you know you wrong.

      snylo - 2012-03-14 09:28

      Let the likes and dislikes decide :)

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-14 10:41

    In Australia they just let you kill yourself. The chances of killing innocents is more likely if you give chase.

  • ReportMe - 2012-04-04 11:00

    Report bad driving online.. www.ReportMe.co.za

  • Deon - 2012-04-07 16:28

    Reckless 226km/h on a bike? Surely you are not serious. These bikes are designed to do 300 km/h plus and is still regarded safe. It is reckless for the mamparras to try and stop a bike at this speed. They should be jailed just for being stupid.

  • Judy - 2012-04-07 23:41

    Bikers should take note of the traffic situation and stop flying past cars that are standing still or crawling at 5kph. Finally someone lets you in to change lanes when suddenly a biker is upon you from nowhere because he was half a kilometer away when this scenario started so was in no one's mirror view. I watch them at peak hour. By the time anyone sees the bike it is way too late. Speed is relative. In 10 seconds he has travelled a far distance and the cars have not yet moved a full car length, so bikers should stick to the law and stay behind other vehicles or pass cars one at a time at the going speed so that nobody gets hurt. Instead they try to pass all the trucks and cars at the same time. Anyone crossing the street between the cars stands no chance against these "pocket rockets" as some of you have called them. And when they reach the scene of the holdup they are often not able to stop in time and end up joining the carnage on the road. I saw a bike inside a car once having hit it side on. Took bystanders a while to find out what had happened as on the outside it was a total mystery till they looked inside the car. My view is from 10 floors up and it is amazing the chances people take with their and other lives. These sensible posts of mine usually disappear before I look for them again so I fully expect the same again. It looks like only the racist and trashing and insulting of others posts really survive on this site.

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