Speeding fines fly in NWest

2010-12-21 14:26

Over 4 500 motorists have been issued with fines in North West since November as part of its zero tolerance traffic law operations, the provincial department of human settlements, public safety and liaison said today.

“North West Traffic Authorities have as part of zero tolerance road traffic law enforcement operations thus far issued over 4 500 motorists with tickets for speeding, discontinued 82 unroadworthy vehicles and arrested 57 drunken drivers,” department spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele said.

He said in a statement this was part of the Make Roads Safe campaign and Arrive Alive festive season campaign launched in November.

“Operation Clean Sweep which focuses on driver and vehicle fitness is implemented together with Operation Futha and Operation Footloose which focuses on pedestrians as part of the National Rolling Enforcement Plan.”

The provincial MEC for human settlements, public safety and liaison, Desbo Mohono, said that Operation Futha – focusing on speeding and drunken driving – would be intensified across the province ahead of Christmas and New Year festivities.

Kgwele said a 48-year-old unlicensed Mozambican man was arrested today at around 5.30am and his unroadworthy vehicle was impounded.

He had allegedly driven from Alexandra to collect scrap metal from villages around Mahikeng with a cracked windscreen, a dysfunctional handbrake and no driver’s side rearview mirror.

The vehicle’s electrical wiring was not insulated, the rear lights were smashed, the right head lamp was not working and its indicators were all dysfunctional.

All four of its tyres were completely worn out, Kgwele said.

“Although it was overloaded with scrap metal, it was itself a scrap.” 

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