Drivers nabbed

2019-11-05 06:00

City law enforcement officials had their hands full at the end of last month, with several arrests and thousands of Rands worth of fines issued to motorists across the City.

A total of 275 arrests were made, with outstanding warrants and drunk driving dominated arrest statistics.

The City’s Traffic Officers made 238 arrests, impounded 99 sedan and minibus taxis, 129 cellphones and issued 44 100 fines.

Among those arrested were 102 suspects for driving under the influence, 70 for outstanding warrants and 17 for reckless and negligent driving.

Officers also released 1 000 motorists on a warning for outstanding warrants, and executed 3 079 warrants.

“When a fine is issued, a motorist has to pay it by a certain date. Alternatively, they can appear in court if they wish to dispute the fine or make representations in respect of the fine issued. In the event that a motorist fails to pay a fine by the due date and fails to appear in court on the alternative date presented on the fine notice, then a warrant is issued. The maximum sentence/ fine is at the discretion of the court,” says JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security.

Metro police officers made 37 arrests and their successes included 22 drunk driving arrests, with one motorist slapped with additional charges of fraud and bribery.

The 38-year-old suspect was one of eight motorists arrested for drunk driving at a roadblock in Hout Bay on Sunday 27 October.

Officers then noticed that he had a fraudulent license disc and when confronted with this information, the suspect offered the officer R500 to look the other way, but his attempt at bribery fell flat.

Officers also made 12 drug-related arrests, two suspects for distributing films illegally and one suspect for attempted theft out of a motor vehicle.

Traffic services impounded 18 vehicles in a sedan taxi operation held in the Green Point and issued 54 fines for various other offences on Sunday 20 October.

In the week that followed between Sunday 20 and Saturday 26 October, the Traffic Services taxi enforcement unit conducted numerous operations throughout the city and impounded 29 vehicles and issued 815 fines for various other offences.

In general enforcement done throughout the city, traffic officers arrested 218 suspects, 87 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 14 for reckless/negligent driving, 47 other and 70 for outstanding warrants.

“On Wednesday 23 October, in an enforcement operation held on Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Hospital Bend and surrounds, officers issued 424 fines for various other offences. (On the same day officers also held a) DWI/illegal street racing operation in the Plattekloof area (where) officers arrested two suspects, one for driving under the influence of alcohol and one for reckless/negligent driving. Officers also issued 87 fines for various offences,” says Smith.

“Our staff continue to rack up hundreds of arrests each week, for the same offences, and avoidable ones at that. The reality is that, if people abide by the law, they won’t be fined. Even if they are fined, timeous payment can prevent ending up behind bars for outstanding warrants. The same goes for drunk driving. It’s simple – just don’t do it,” says Smith.


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