One up on the speedsters

2010-10-07 00:00

SPEEDSTERS travelling between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, consider yourself warned. Motorists who tread heavily on the petrol pedal should take heed that their speeds are being monitored by a sophisticated system that cannot be cheated — and it operates around the clock.

The average speed-over-distance trapping has just come into effect on a section of the N3 in both directions.

Department of Transport spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu would not divulge yesterday exactly where the speed trapping starts and ends. She merely warned drivers that they should stick to the 120 km/h restriction in the vicinity of Ashburton and Cato Ridge “24/7 and in all weather conditions”.

“It’s no use trying to cheat by slowing down just in front of the cameras. It won’t work,” said Mngomezulu. “Just because motorists don’t see any traffic officers on the road, they must not think they are not being monitored.”

This section of the project is being implemented following the success of the average speed-over-distance project, which has been operating on the N3 between Nottingham Road and Balgowan. Almost 65 500 people have been fined on the stretch since the beginning of the year. She called the project “very successful”.

City residents have been circulating e-mails warning of the speed-over-distance monitoring between here and Durban this week.

Mngomezulu confirmed that the project is also linked to a “joint information system” that identifies many other traffic infringements, including warrants, summonses and licence conflicts. “To avoid unnecessary delays in travel, it is recommended that all outstanding traffic infringements are settled,” she added.

Mngomezulu said initial statistics on speedsters caught on that section will be released soon.

The Transport Department has said that, although the cameras can be legally challenged, they are installed with the blessing of the director of public prosecutions.

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