Driver fitness a big factor in SA crashes

2010-03-26 15:20

TRAFFIC misdemeanours have been in the spotlight after recent media

reports of politicians and celebrities taking chances on South Africa’s roads.

Sizwe Matshikiza, spokesperson of the Gauteng Department of

Community Safety says studies have shown that road accidents are often caused by

subjective factors such as driver fitness or vehicle fitness. External factors

that relate to visibility or state of the roads usually account for fewer

accidents than the former.

“To make things harsher Aarto (administrative adjudication of road

traffic offences) has been introduced where licences may end up being withdrawn,

or blacklisted.” says Matshikiza.

He adds that the problem of unclear or absent residential addresses

of motorists is a major challenge in the issuing of traffic tickets.

“It often happens that a person no longer resides at a known

address or resides in informal settlements ... where (there are often) no

clearly marked residential addresses.”

Matshikiza acknowledges that “in some instances, mistakes do occur

and these would relate to technical compliance, including calibration of cameras

or placement of cameras on unauthorised sights”.

Below is what you need to know once you get caught breaking a rule

of the road.

)?There are two kinds of traffic tickets. The kind that is

given to you by a traffic officer personally. The other is issued to you when

you are caught by a speeding camera or when a traffic officer issues one to you

when you as the motorist are not present (e.g a parking ticket).

)?How much time do I have to pay my traffic fine?

If your ticket has been issued in your absence, you have between 30

days and four months to pay.

A ticket issued personally to you gives 30 days to pay before your

case goes to court.

)?What happens if I don’t pay my traffic fine?

If you do not go to court to argue your case, a warrant for your

arrest will automatically be issued and you will be charged with contempt of

court. If, for example, the traffic fine has been issued in error, you may plead

your case before court.

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