Heavy fines for topping 200 km/h

2012-10-16 00:00

WHILE weekend fishermen held tight lines on Scottburgh’s beach, traffic police pulled in two big catches on the N2 that runs parallel to the coast.

Yesterday, the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court added R62 000 to state coffers from four heavy speeding fines.

Magistrate Giel van Aarde handed out fines of R20 000 each to drivers who had been travelling at 205 km/h and 202 km/h on Sunday. He imposed lesser fines on other weekend speedsters: R8 000 for a motorist who had been travelling at 182 km/h and R14 000 for one doing 194 km/h.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu applauded the harsh sentences, issued with the options of eight years’ prison for the two who exceeded 200 km/h and four years’ for the others.

“This will send a clear message to all transgressors on the road that we are serious about ensuring maximum law enforcement,” he said.

“Since we launched the October Transport Month, we have taken a different and a tough approach to offenders of the road.

“We are optimistic that our approach to road offenders will reduce the scourge of road accidents. It is unacceptable that people are driving at 202 km/h and 205 km/h,”he said.

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