C Town bylaw 'broken by middle-aged'

2012-08-10 15:38

Cape Town - Mostly middle-aged Cape Town residents have been caught using their cellphones while driving, it was reported on Friday.

The majority of 100 cellphones were confiscated from people 42-years-old or older, safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith told the Cape Times.

He found this out after looking at their ID numbers.

"The younger generation knows how to use hands-free kits while older motorists still prefer to hold their cellphone in one hand and drive with the other," he said.

The bylaw was implemented in April to stop people from using their phones while driving. Motorists caught red-handed have their cellphones taken away for 24 hours and only get it back after paying a R500 fine.

According to the report, 12 people have failed to pick up their phones, which range from the "ultra cheap" to the "exquisite" smartphones.

"I do not know why people do not want their cellphones back. We will auction uncollected cell phones after three months. The supply of containers in which we keep the cellphones is limited."

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-10 15:36

    Yip they are asking for directions. GPS don't work as they need landmarks, so they phone a friend.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-10 16:29

      Actually, this is the group that has jobs and sometimes has to do business while travelling. Sisie, before you disparage older people let me ask this: How many 20 year olds have employed you?

      dee.980 - 2012-08-10 17:32

      lol.... You got me down to a tee there Sisie! (Heck - and the older I get, the more they keep moving the landmarks ... and I'm still not sure of the name of the street or town or province I'm in!:)

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-10 18:24

      Dee, it would help if they would stop changing the names of everything. Even my GPS lady keeps saying: "You're kidding me".

  • jacques.vandenberg.56 - 2012-08-10 16:00

    Does Mr. Smith not have other more important work to do? There is already a law in place prohibiting talking on your cellphone while driving. Just enforce it.

  • lizzyvd - 2012-08-10 16:05

    Umm, according to the video clip, this initiative is to reduce fatalities on the roads. Exactly how many fatal accidents happen in bumper to bumper peak traffic where they are doing the majority of the confiscations?? Why aren't they on the N1 between the tunnels and Cape Town rather when people are speeding and using their phones?? Money making scheme if you ask me.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-10 16:30

      Lizzy, once again they are targeting people who can pay the fines.

      lydonmcg - 2012-08-11 13:06

      Boo hoo. Don't talk on your phone and you won't get caught. It's quite simple.

  • ezette.mallin - 2012-08-10 16:53

    They don't 'want' their cellphones back, because they clain from insurance and get a brand new one!

  • linley.smith1 - 2012-08-10 18:13

    I agree with this law only question is will it make a difference and so far what has been the progress of this law.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-10 18:30

    Well the answer to that is that they claim to have more driving experience, the experience that could get them killed while driving and texting.

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-08-10 18:39

    whatever you thoughts or comments, or what ever the facts, these phone would not be an issue if people were not like children and disobedient and not comply with the law, bet they sit at home complaining about crime and yet they commit it themselves, no matter how big or small a crime is a crime.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-10 18:46

    Please do something about the endless stream of drivers talking on their 'phones from Koeberg interchange all the way to Century City. Driving at 40-60k/ph in a 120 zone - in the fast lane. Crossing solid white lines, changing lanes without indicating. Slamming on brakes because they missed the split-off to Paarl. Every case of bad driving I see everyday is always someone talking on a 'phone. Don't care how old they are. You will catch 100 a day on that stretch of the N1

  • glenn.marais.7 - 2012-08-11 03:46

    Must be hoping for a performance bonus with the auction cash.....

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-08-11 09:32

    Utter rubbish J P Smith !! I am 60 and would never think of breaking a law !! I see hundreds of "kids" driving whilst talking on their phones AND I DO KNOW WHAT "HANDS FREE" MEANS !!!

  • ben.bjergstad - 2012-08-11 09:52

    Perhaps a national law. All new cars sold must have a bluetooth handsfree device preinstalled no matter how cheap the vehicle. The technology is cheap enough! Another solution is buying a Garmin Nuvi GPS unit that has bloutand technology!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 18:44

      Apparently there is already a law about cars being fitted with indicators. Having them doesn't necessarily translate into using them :)

  • andre.schutte.319 - 2012-08-11 10:24

    What a pathetic law. It should not be cell phones only but anything else as well. How can you eat a burger, drink a coke/hot coffee, smoke, do make up while driving. When driving you should not be allowed to do anything else.

      frankflower - 2012-08-11 17:50

      O bugger off you idiot! How does a cigarette impair a person's driving abilities? Ag nee, aarde! Gaan wees koekerig op 'n ander plek!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-05 12:30

      I think that Andre means all of those at the same time.

  • sean.crookson - 2012-08-11 13:16

    Yet the taxi drivers still behave like morons. Target the right people please.

  • mark.webb.50 - 2012-08-11 15:15

    great detecting work, discovered a plot by 42 plus year olds by investigating their ID documents, should have just asked their age,

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