Double Nelson trips up speedster

2012-10-14 20:40

Johannesburg - A-50-year old man was arrested on Sunday morning for travelling at an average speed of 222km/h along the N14 highway near the Engen Petroport, Lanseria, Gauteng traffic police said.

Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said the man, a mechanical engineer from Royal Haskoning, was travelling on his black Suzuki GSXR motorcycle when he was caught.

"He was charged for reckless driving with the alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit of 120km/h," said Nxumalo.

He was expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Nxumalo said 30 Gauteng motorists were arrested during the weekend's special operation on charges related to reckless driving, inconsiderate driving and high speeds.

In Durban, a driver was arrested for speeding at 205km/h on the N2 near Ellingham on Sunday, the Road Traffic Inspectorate said.

The 29-year-old driver was released on R4 000 bail, said spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu.

The driver was driving from Port Edward to Durban.

He will appear in the Scottsburgh Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-14 20:51

    Bikers are reckless!!

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-14 21:02

      Tum think for yourself for a change!! not all bikers are reckless!!!

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-14 21:10

      Just this weekend alone I saw 5 accidents involving bikes.......2 hit the back of the vehicles,one had just passed me and 2 minutes later he was on the ground crying like a baby,they think a motor bike is a bicycle.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-14 21:37

      Probably also on a bike with no number plates

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-14 21:53

      @chris.debeer. Thanx

      marc.klynhans - 2012-10-15 09:10

      Some bikers are reckless because they don't have a brain. Problem is that bikers blame motorists for accidents. Bikers must realize that they're not that easy to see, and when they're going well over the speed limit, they're very difficult to avoid. In response to the seeing of accidents - I've seen 4 in the last few years: 1. Dead 2. Bumper bump - badly injured 3. Dead 4. Dead I'll keep to my car, thanks.

      gareth.perkins.52 - 2012-10-15 09:21

      He must of been in 3rd gear.... LOL

      jody.beggs - 2012-10-15 09:45

      Reason we bikers are reckless is that is in our control , the cars are not , no signaling when changing lanes and erratic movement from taxi's are the main cause of accidents.... I'm one of those reckless drivers moving a speed , engine revving , I know you can't see me but you have to hear me ... A biker moving in traffic at 100/120km/h is more likely to have an accident , you get stuck in blind spots and often driver , sitting comfortably in their cars , just don't give a crap. I've been there , fractured two vertebra and was nearly paralyzed , now its on my terms ...

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-10-15 11:52

      @DamnTheMan hope your life insurance policies are up to date.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-15 12:04

      @DAMNTHE MAN - You are the exact reason that accidents happen. You can NEVER expect that another motorist/bike rider will see you or hear you or behave like they are supposed to. You do so at your peril. This is called defensive driving. And no matter how sh*t-hot a rider you think you are speed will kill you. Most people go over speed limits a little - 10-20-30km/h - this is also dangerous, but hell over 200 is plain stupid. If you really need to do that find a race track seriously.

      hugo.mcdonald.7 - 2012-10-15 12:54

      Hi all.... Can anyone tell me how many speeding cars are on the road every day? Driving along at 110 - 120km/h I get over taken all the time! doing 100 in town is allot worse than 200+ on an open road... So, while SOME bikers might be reckless, SOME car drivers are as well. and I am sure that there are more deaths caused by reckless car drivers than reckless least in the case of reckless bikers its usually the biker that dies without taking a bunch of other people with him...

  • markus.hegewisch - 2012-10-14 20:52

    What do they mean by average speed?? Do traffic cops take a photo at one point and then again at another a few km's down the road. Then calculate the time taken between photos to determine average speed? Sounds like a clever, cunning plan...

      Shane Loxton - 2012-10-14 20:58

      Markus, by law they are supposed to take two speed readings with the laser device, if u are pulled off and ask to see both readings and they only have one you can have the fine thrown out of court.

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-10-14 21:07

      Many roads now have two points of measure to determine average speed. Cameras at a single point serves little purpose as people just slow down at that point and then speed up again. The toll plazas will in future also be used to determine the average speed you traveled between plazas. You will then get a fine with your toll bill. Very effective.

      andre.dollenberg - 2012-10-14 21:16

      Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems that use a form of optical character recognition read the vehicle's licence or registration plate. A computer system reads vehicle registration plates at two or more fixed points along a road, usually hundreds of meters or even kilometers apart, then uses the known distance between them to calculate a vehicle's average speed.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-14 22:43

      @Shane is correct if you are pulled over there has to be 2 cameras and operators with all certificates with them, if not wait for the court date and then ask the mag for them ;)

      jack.trend.3 - 2012-10-15 07:17

      it means that the speed was measured from a moving vehicle over a period of time.

      aarchaic - 2012-10-15 08:39

      In the uk they use 3 camera's set out over a distance first person identifies a car speeding and alerts the other 2 who will spesificly be on the look out for that vehicle. the trapped speeds is then divided by 3 to give you an Average speed if you more than the 70mph ( which has a grace space to 90mph depending on how busy the road was ) then you get fined no excuses of I've overtaken the car infront of me, it was on a down hill and i didnt realise my speed, all those generic excuses is dismiss there and then.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-14 21:48

    Give thanks to the traffic officers they've saved your life.

  • gerry.klos - 2012-10-14 22:11


  • John - 2012-10-14 22:33

    Where does reckless or negligent driving enter the picture where a traveller is automatically timed between two points? Bull crap sensationalism by policy enforcing idiots interfering with our freedom! Who did he endanger? Who is the complainant? Some semi aware ass who can't tolerate speed? He was just enjoying his day!

      Touchy More - 2012-10-15 07:11

      John, you are not making sense, whats your point? you just sound bitter

  • Fox Trixter - 2012-10-14 23:23

    next time, just push his ass off the road! it works...

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-15 06:12

      Fox That is a disgrace. You should be ashamed of yourself for suggesting that.

  • nyiko.ngobeni.5011 - 2012-10-15 04:33

    It's not Engen you lazy things. It's Total

  • hennie.deruyter - 2012-10-15 06:36

    The accidents with a large numbrr of fatalities are usually caused by illegal over-taking on 2-lane roads there were many of these accidents reported on in the last few months. So why is traffic still only focussing on fast bikes speeding on freeways? I am not saying it is right but shouldnt we concentrate on saving lifes? Why did 4 people died under a truck near Stanger this weekend and how is concentrating on only open freeways going to solve the problems on narrow secondary roads?

      hennie.deruyter - 2012-10-15 06:40

      ... So why is traffoc POLICE...

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-10-15 08:04

    R4000 bail for speeding, R2000 for Rape- Am I missing something... Sorry, of course I miss the point - Eish justice is very confusing

  • sheda.habib - 2012-10-15 08:31

    Doing 222 on an open freeway.... whaaaaat a feeeeeling....... Doing it on a busy freeway ...... stupidity......

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-10-15 08:47

    When will they learn?

  • cindy.l.laing - 2012-10-15 12:08

    I am so sick and tired of people condeming bikers, Its always the Biker at fault, Maybe if people in cars,who rubberneck at every opportunity, change lanes without indication, turn to shout at your children in the back seat were more aware, maybe they wouldnt blame bikers, To the Taxi drivers who are a law unto themselves, To the Truck Drivers who are oblivious to everyone on the road, Just maybe stop for awhile and dont blame the biker... If it wasnt for most of you, Most of my friends would still be here... Its amazing when its blankets for the needy, toys for the not so fortunate, food for the animals, who do they call, The Biker...

      rory.audie - 2012-10-15 14:10

      Cindy, I'm pretty sure we can blame the biker here. Averaging 222km/h means he went 240km/h plus at time i would guess. If he isnt to blame then who is? Nobody said he needed to go that speed. And the "who do they call...The biker" comment? What the hell is that all about?

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-15 14:39

    @DAMNTHEMAN - With that attitude you will go far....not

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-10-15 16:37

    Speed does indeed contribute to many road deaths. Anyone speeding is being reckless and posing a danger to other people on the road - even if they don't believe so themselves. How many speeders thought they were being reckless moments before they killed someone? Few indeed. They all thought they were in perfect control.

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