New average speed traps on N3 nab 1?000 motorists a day

2011-09-07 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has deployed new technology to force motorists to obey speed limits on the N3.

It has also expanded the use of automatic number plate recognition at the department’s “smart roadblocks”.

This follows the failure of fixed cameras on the N3 to capture motorists for speeding. Motorists seem to know their exact location, slow down before they pass the cameras and then continue speeding.

This way they effectively avoid prosecution.

The department said it is improving the system and taking advantage of technology to ensure that offenders are given no leeway on the province’s roads.

This essentially means that traffic officers tap into the average speed cameras by means of a remote laptop computer at any location on the road side.

The department’s spokesperson, Kwanele Ncalane, said the new technology “provides for the traffic officer to identify a number of other offences apart from the average speed at which a motorist is travelling”.

These offences include stolen and unlicensed vehicles, false number plates, outstanding summonses and warrants of arrest.

The department said it is prosecuting 1 000 speed offenders a day at Van Reenen’s Pass using the average speed technology.

Ncalane said it has become critical that motorists ensure that they do not exceed the speed limit, that their vehicles are roadworthy and that their credentials are in order before starting a trip.

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