80 jump red lights each day in Cape Town

2012-12-05 11:08

Cape Town - More than 80 motorists are fined every day in Cape Town for jumping red traffic lights, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that more than 30 000 fines were issued for jumping a red light in the city in the last year, out of around 1.5 million traffic and by-law fines.

Deputy traffic chief Andre Nel said the city could not install more cameras because courts did not have the capacity to prosecute additional offences.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said the city was prepared to pay R1.9m a year to fund the salaries of extra magistrates and prosecutors at 11 traffic courts.

"The city has made provision for 100 camera sites which are predominantly placed at intersections with high crash rates. These cameras serve a dual purpose by recording red light offences and speed offences," he said.

After drunken driving, speeding and disobeying traffic signals were the second highest cause of collisions and deaths.

  • Terence Hermanus - 2012-12-05 11:22

    alot in PE too... the Zuma era...

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-05 12:05

      We are better than that in Gauteng Jungle..Just dont get caught cause we have no law enFORCEment.

      ThaboMdodo - 2012-12-05 12:07

      I jump at least 80 a day!

      msophiasharp - 2012-12-05 12:20

      @ThaboMdodo And you have the gall to brag about your achievement, shame on you Why don't you and your taxi driver brothers set an example as much of your sisters and brothers are driving exactly as taxi drivers do, what a joke...!!!!

      freddie.miff - 2012-12-05 13:39

      There are 80 a minute in Fourways... all minibus taxis. Yet our illustrious metro cops are too busy eating KFC to notice.

      lucy.bush.9231 - 2012-12-05 14:17

      Well I can tell you for sure that that figure is totally wrong. In Cape Town alone, they must go thru a red light every 2 seconds... And best of all, the traffic cops don’t care a dam about it. The cops knock off at 4-30pm, and whatever happens after that... not their problem. So, Cape Town’s the place to be if you like going thru red lights, or any other traffic offence. Its free for all down there, just don’t speed, they always seem to have a spare cop or 10 to sit at speed traps...funny hey..!!

  • jacque.raymer - 2012-12-05 11:28

    79 are taxis.

  • andynct - 2012-12-05 11:31

    Headline should be: "Only 80 get caught jumping red lights each day in Cape Town"

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-12-05 13:59

      Too true.

  • jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-12-05 11:32

    Really? This made headlines?

      BoyvandieSuburbs - 2012-12-05 12:29

      You read it. Really.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-05 11:32

    At 00:00 I Use robots as a fourway sorry...

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-12-05 11:35

    This is the norm in Fourways. Stop Streets and Robots are for show. When a robot turns red people think it means "how many more cars can quickly get through". Especially turning arrows. Once they stop flashing people think it means you can carry on turning for a few more minutes!

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-05 11:37

    No people take the red light to mean a brothel so dont stop

  • earthian.earthian - 2012-12-05 11:44

    If you can't beat them... Join them!

  • riaan.barnard.737 - 2012-12-05 11:44

    We have lots more but nobody gets caught. Traffic department would rather sleep next to a camera that catches "speedsters".

  • pkirchmann - 2012-12-05 11:50

    I have just had a short visit to Cape Town. I went there by coach. In Cape Town I used buses and trains so I walked LOTS. I notice that MOST people in Cape Town take NO NOTICE of the pedestrian ROBOTS. I must congratulate the municipality on having WORKING pedestrian LIGHTS. One between the Waterfront and the Convention Centre even has DIGITAL count down numbers so the pedestrian knows how much time he or she has to cross. Congratulations again on the PEDESTRIAN LIGHTS!!

      lydonmcg - 2012-12-05 11:54

      THANK you.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-05 12:07

      Mealie Picking mentality In Gauteng dont have a hope of even thinking of things like this.

  • raymond.billson - 2012-12-05 11:55

    just put the fines onto their licence so that when they renew the licence they have to pay the fines. Have a web site that we can access to show our licence status.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-12-05 15:33

      I don't think they can. It is a fine, but not a judgement and you still have the right to appeal or prove them wrong. There are things like false number plates and different drivers on one vehicle. There are also lights that change incorrectly. I know of one that change, due to a line activation out of a suburb, in less than seconds. When you are at 50km p/h 6 to 8m in front of it you still hit it red when entering the 3 way robot area. All know you cant brake so fast, specially in traffic. We complained, but it gets checked and 2 days later it is the same again

  • John - 2012-12-05 11:55

    Make them all flashing red, its much more fun. Better still construct traffic circles instead of irritating ROBOTS!

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-12-05 15:24

      Traffic circles are a disaster.

  • msophiasharp - 2012-12-05 12:18

    Come and check out taxi drivers in Jan Smuts Avenue - all the way from Empire right down to Randburg, total disregard for co-motorists, rules of the road and law and then they sit with a big skew mealie-kernel smile on their faces and their taxis full of dents and most of them unroadworthy and oh, they are so brave when you are a white female alone driving in your car, then they are so macho!!!

  • daan.klopper - 2012-12-05 12:28

    Pretoria must be worse as I have seldomly seen enforcement.

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-12-05 12:33

    Jumping traffic lights in PE is the norm! Can't be worse anywhere else.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-05 12:36

    JRA needs to do what shopping malls do, have those things that go up and down from the ground that pop your tyres when the lights change colour, You will see how mnay people stop behind the line at a robot then.... it will be that or replace all your tyres and explaining to the police why all your tyres burst and why you couldnt stop at the intersection. Imagine how many lives could be saved. Pedestrians and drivers....

  • guy.snelling.3 - 2012-12-05 12:37

    I can point you to three intersections on my daily commute where driver regularly ignore a red light to prevent them turning right. Maybe the authorities should look at the reasons WHY driver jump lights, and re-time the lights to suit traffic flow.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-12-05 15:26

      Yes agreed, it it time authorities start looking at why nobody wants to listen to them. Hint when you regularly make drivers set for minutes at a time at a robot while *nobody* passes in the other direction what you are basically doing is training people to ignore your instructions as useless.

  • peter.gugelmin - 2012-12-05 12:38

    Mr. Carlisle, that is your turf, what are you going to do about it. Sorry I forgot, you cannot do everything by yourself.

  • ken.koen - 2012-12-05 12:42

    Virtually every serious crash i've ever seen and and all the little crosses planted on the pavement, are caused by the stupid and reckless jumping of red lights. And as for the ill mannered pigs, usually in Land Rovers BM's etc who arrogantly and dangerously continue to turn in the face of on coming traffic long after the the light has turned red, they should be arrested.

  • chris.stuart.332 - 2012-12-05 12:55

    What rubbish, on my way to work in the mornings I see at least 4-8 cars skipping the robots in about a 2 km range. Thats every morning, but the cops sit between the robots trapping for speed. 60km/h zone. But I ask which is more dangerous, someone driving at 80 in a 60 or someone just skipping the red robot. PS, this in Empire RD in JHB Im talking about...

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-12-05 13:56

    Traffic lights exist in Umthatha, and surprisingly they do work. It's a pity then that nobody pays attention to their existence.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-05 14:15

    Reading the posted comments it is obvious that many people treat traffic regulations as optional, but mostly they are for other people to obey. Well, that situation is not helped at all by senior traffic official Andre Nel stating that 'the city could not install more cameras because courts did not have the capacity to prosecute additional offences'. Whilst an inadequate court system is a serious problem, it is an invitation to criminal behaviour to see it as an excuse for not enforcing the law. Looks likt it is time to smile and wave, even in CT!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-12-05 14:34

    What a pathetic understatement. I only pass through 2 sets of traffic lights on my daily commute, and EVERY change of lights at each, at least 4-6 vehicles run the red light. That would amount to more than eighty EVERY HOUR, and I am talking about a major road (R25 - dual carriageway), not some backwoods out of the way place. I have seen police vehicles doing it, and taxis generally don't ever stop at all, sometimes in full view of police vehicles. I once challenged someone well known in traffic circles - we could pick a stop street anywhere, and for every vehicle that didn't stop, he would have to pay me R1 - for every vehicle that did stop, I would pay him R10 - he turned me down because the odds were stacked against him. What does that say for adherance to traffic rules.

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-12-05 14:54

    Country wide issue, together with all other road rules and laws being flaunted every second.

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-12-05 16:14

    It is one of my pet peeves. People going through the red lights and then none of the cars who actually have right of way make it through for fear of being hit by one of these kamakazi drivers. And it is not only the taxi drivers. I have witnessed many young people racing through the rid lights like they will never get into an accident. Scary!

  • oschiff - 2012-12-05 16:42

    Please police, come to Pretoria and Centurion and make a fortune, You will have 80 drivers in 5 minutes who drive through the red lights

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-12-05 20:31

    We're emulating police and metro officers, who always switches their sirens ON when approaching robbots, just to pass while not even attending to emergencies.

  • piet.hannibol - 2012-12-07 15:31

    They should come check this in Rustenburg. I recon EACH robot sees at least 100 skips by motorists in every 6 hour period.

  • Enlightened Bowman - 2013-03-02 19:12

    One thing. As oppose to Europe where cameras are intended as a deterrent, here it is simply a momey making scam. Check any camera armed" robot, the yellow light is MUCH shorter than on non equioped robots, this is so that if you are close enough, you slam brakes, possibly casng an accident and not aking it anyway oy, you ski it and contribute to the constuction of Zumaville and ANC criminals legal fees

  • jungleboy - 2013-03-03 10:06

    I was in C.T two weeks ago for a break and can confidently state that some of them are the worst drivers in the world. If a traffic light is not working, NOBODY stopped! I have never seen anything like it. When i stopped, most of the cars started hooting! Maybe coz the Avis car had Gauteng plates.

  • Nivan.Japstyle.Maistry - 2013-03-03 13:41

    well 70 of that are taxis and also i see police officers doing nothing when taxis drivers brake the law but they chase us down for the littlest of offences- oh i see traffic officers braking the law daily,so yeah!!!!!!!!!11

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