Reckless motorists snapped crossing N3 median

2010-11-04 00:00

A CONCERNED motorist took pictures of five drivers who allegedly endangered other road users during a storm near Ashburton on October 28 by driving over the median of the N3 and into the fast lane in the face of oncoming traffic.

The resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I was travelling to Durban when I noticed this incident and I decided to take pictures so that I can report this matter to the relevant authorities.

“I was appalled by the fact that while these drivers were doing this illegal and reckless act, there was an SA Police Force vehicle which was there, but chose to do nothing to reprimand the wrongdoers,” she said.

“They are traffic officers after all, and should perhaps act like them.”

The woman said the multiple pile-up that claimed the lives of two people on the N3 near Camperdown on Tuesday could have been caused by drivers who had conducted themselves in the same way as the drivers she had seen crossing the median.

“This could have caused another serious and unpreventable crash.”

The registration numbers of the cars which drove across the median are: NC 22837, NP 74669, NPS 6786, ND 94671, NP 154 875.

The woman also provided a picture of the police vehicle on the scene. Its registration number is BPV 591 B.

A spokesperson for the Road Traffic Inspectorate, Zinhle Mngomezulu, said if there is a complaint the RTI will attend to it.

“I am not going to comment about the SA Police Force being there and doing nothing to reprimand those who were breaking the law,” said Mngomezulu.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said: “It would appear that these citizens have complete disregard for the law and, without hesitation crossed the median in view of the police.”

She said it is also evident that they endangered the lives of other innocent road users as well as their own.

“One must also consider the fact that police vehicles are driven by members of the Police and Public Service Act personnel. However, management will investigate in order to allow the members in the police vehicle to respond,” said Jeevan.

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