229 fines issued in Tshwane roadblock

2011-12-23 21:03

Johannesburg - Traffic police issued 229 fines to motorists during an inspection of 2 440 vehicles at a roadblock on the R101 road in Hammanskraal, the Tshwane metro said on Friday.

The fines issued were for worn-out tyres, faulty lights, not wearing seatbelts, and expired vehicle licences, spokesperson Console Tleane said in a statement.

Three people were arrested for driving without licences and would spend the long weekend behind bars.

During another roadblock on the Moloto Road, 207 vehicles were stopped and inspected. Eighty-seven drivers were given warnings, and 60 fines issued.

One Putco bus and a private vehicle were pulled off the road. Sixty-six people were screened for alcohol but found to be sober.

  • Ben - 2011-12-23 21:17

    It will be a massive task to get 229 fines paid. To issue them is much easier, but the endeavour to make our roads safer is appreciated nonetheless.

  • Renier - 2011-12-23 22:41

    All roadblocks do not reach the media. During the holiday season the media is more interested in road stats therefore more publicity for the happenings on the road. The article did not say there was no roadblock the day before/will not be after etc. Although I am more for enforcement against moving violators I agree, don't always criticize.

  • Sean - 2011-12-24 07:10

    Are you sure that only one putco bus and a private vehicle was pulled over and screened for alcohol, is this a miss print. I understand that many vehicles were obviously pulled over and inspected, but according to the article only a bus and a car were screened for alcohol???

  • SarelJBotha - 2011-12-24 09:22

    Fines will never stop the road carnage.

  • stalin.rudolf - 2011-12-24 09:36

    how do you screen a person for alcohol. the fact is their rights ' to not have your person searched' were violated as usual. presently it has become the norm for the bloody traffic cops to ask you of your drivers licence muttering about how much fine you will get for imaginative traffic violations and then shove an alcohol breathalyser into your mouth. you just have to comply amidst all the threats. i dont condone bad driving habits and unroadworthy vehicles but the system used to determine a roadworthy vehicle and a none roadworthy vehicle leaves me with questions. a traffic cop looked at my tyres three weeks ago, gave me a ticket and said they were worn. i have used the same tyres to drive from ladysmith-estcourt-jhb-east london-richards bay and today will drive to durban using the same tyres. i have owned vehicles for the past 17 years and i know road safety and roadworthy vehicles more than most of these three year experience cops. they just serve to collect revenue from poor motorists. i am challenging the R1200.00 fine in court. the traffic cop must bring me their credentials and qualifications in the tyre industry. and i will also ask them to show me the exhibit, plus their tyre testing equipment. am done with playing a sucker to a crooked traffic regulation system. you ' all gotta stand up for your rights, dont agree to traffic officers shoving unsterilized breathalyser with their ink stained hands into your mouths. you want to test me first you wash and clean up.

      Thouca - 2011-12-24 20:29

      grab a bells, boet

      hannesw1 - 2011-12-25 07:50

      You are right stalin. Most cops simply does not have the knowledge or training to determine whether a tyre is legal or not. Further to that road blocks is a menace. Why stop a person who has done nothing wrong? You can never convict a person for "drunk driving", you can merely convict for the lesser charge of above the legal limit. For actual drunk or reckless driving a cop has to observe and give evidence of bad driving. Something he or she cannot do whilst stuck at a time wasting, irritating road block.

  • Hetha - 2012-01-02 23:26

    Fantastic news! Well done to the cops! Keep it up!

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