Motorists caught using cellphones

2012-04-08 14:31

Cape Town - Cape Town traffic officers nabbed 19 drivers using their cellphones within 90 minutes of the start of an awareness campaign, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Sunday newspaper Rapport reported the city was now considering starting a database so that by a third similar offence, the offender's cellphone would be seized.

Such an offender would be allowed to remove the SIM card but would only get the phone back after a payment.

Driving with a cellphone in your hand may cost you a fine of R500.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Supt Edna Mamonyane said it was becoming a serious problem as innocent people died due to drivers who used their cellphones behind the wheel.

  • Greg - 2012-04-08 14:37

    Why is this headline news?

      bc.bekker - 2012-04-08 14:53

      I dont know but i agree to this amost got killed by a guy taking on a phone turned right in front of me took i lift with a other guy drive well untill the cell rings it look like he was drunk while toking on the cell scared the hell out of me so yea do it please some people cant talk and drive forget drink and drive

      Pieter - 2012-04-09 15:01

      Alicia - please post the link to the latest statistics you mention. I would love to have a look at it. thanks

      Manny - 2012-04-09 16:27

      Agree with Greg, whats the fuss about, there are very few Durban drivers that are not driving with a cellphone in their hand, either talking or even worse, texting while trying to steer in a straight line. There is no policing so who until there is another fatality? Catch a wake up guys, there is no law enforcement in this country!

  • Ian - 2012-04-08 14:39

    oh ffs give me a break, nearly every road user in jhb yaps on there cell while driving and cops munching on kfc do stuff all, so please, report on something worthwhile

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-08 15:29

      The cops are also guilty,they can use a cell, park on red lines, do not stop at stop signs, you name it.

      lance.rothschild - 2012-04-09 08:04

      I commute on a motorbike and you can't believe how dangerously people drive when interacting with their cellphones. It's about time that the cops started enforcing the law with respect to cellphone usage.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-08 14:45

    ':\ jeeqiz news24? is this ALL thats going on in SA?

  • smsongelwa - 2012-04-08 14:57

    ARREST COPS FIRST COZ ARE DOING IT MORE OFTEN. How can they enforce the law they cant practice? U r fooling us!

      Clive - 2012-04-08 16:11

      Dead right; when last did anyone see a cop - SAP or Metro - wearing a seat belt?!

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-04-08 15:01

    Because most people when using their cellphones are really crap drivers and nine times out of ten when they nearly cause an accident they blame the other people, JUST AS BAD AS DRUNK DRIVING.

      Pieter - 2012-04-09 15:05

      please quantify your statement further with facts like "nine out of ten" - as currently it is very vague - "most" - how many, "nearly" - how close, "just as bad as drunk driving" - how drunk? Thanks!

      phillip.havenga - 2012-04-15 17:52

      Ok Pieter I do on average 7000km's a month, so from personal experience 9 out of 10. How close? If I didn't swerve or brake there would have been an accident. Most, let me rather say ALL!!!!! ANY DRUNK DRIVING!

  • Manu - 2012-04-08 15:06

    This is music to my ears. Thank you to the traffic officers.

  • Mart - 2012-04-08 15:07

    Excellent and about time. Just as bad as driving drunk...."just don't do it !" What comes next, shoplifting ? Littering? Bilking? You are blatently showing disrespect to other road users. Make me deputy-sherriff and I'll give you 19 in 19 minutes in Cape Town, or any city in SA for that matter.

  • Blane - 2012-04-08 15:14

    About time

  • BobM6389 - 2012-04-08 15:25

    This so called 'awareness campaign' just highlights a very serious problem we have in South Africa which is a total lack of overall sustainable law enforcement. They will have a blitz on useing a cell whilst driving for a few weeks and then it is back to normal. Both the police and traffic departments are guilty. For how many years has it been an offence to use a cell when driving? As many have said it seems to be a standard practice. (WE DONT HAVE LAW EMBORCEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA)

  • Lucille Moira Eiman - 2012-04-08 15:40

    How about the metro police that drive while they are on their selfones. What do I do if I see a metro police talking on their selfones. Who's gonna give them fines.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-08 16:06

    Coupla weeks ago I was behind a woman who was yakking on her 'phone, stopped at a yield to enter a traffic circle. After much hooting, she eventually drove 1/4 way around the circle then stopped in the circle, to carry on her conversation! Straight after that, when I got to the underground parking, the guy in front of me, also chatting away first stopped so far from the ticket machine he had to get out of his car to retrieve the ticket, then he couldn't control his vehicle with one hand so completely misjudged a sharp bend (on a steep descent), effectively blocking everyone behind him. He spent 3 minutes trying to maneouvre backwards and forwards to get back on the path - and not once did he put the 'phone down.

      Piet - 2012-04-08 16:24

      AND REMEMBER THEY BREED...I wonder if they use their cell. while making love????

  • Kon - 2012-04-08 16:08

    Only 19 in 90 minutes? In Randburg they could get that number in under 5 minutes.

      IcemanGP - 2012-04-09 14:56

      Only to true.

  • Clive - 2012-04-08 16:10

    About flippin' time!

  • Colleen - 2012-04-08 16:14

    I agree it is stupid & dangerous to talk on cell phone while driving, but cops do not have the power to remove cell phone or sim card. Motorist know your rights.........!!!

  • Johan - 2012-04-08 16:22

    Good thing, better than hiding behind bushes in speed trap operations as the only contribution to road safety

  • Markus - 2012-04-08 16:46

    It's about time these people are acted against. Scientific research has conclusively shown that talking on a cell while driving is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of 0.24 to 0.40, the latter being eight times over the legal limit.

  • Markus - 2012-04-08 16:51

    It's about time these people were acted against, scientific research has shown talking on a cell while driving is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of 0.24 to 0.40 and they should be treated like drunk drivers are (the latter being 8 times over then legal limit).

  • Glenn - 2012-04-08 16:57

    Practise what you preach... you know how many cops I see using there cell phones while driving? This includes metro and SAP. Who's confiscating their phones?

      Gerry - 2012-04-08 17:19

      Whilst I agree with the dangers of cell use while driving, I dont fall for this scare tactic ... "confiscating" your phone! They have no right and will face charges of theft.

  • Thabo - 2012-04-08 16:57

    @BOB, I agree with you there. It's only times like these where we hear about figures of ''unsafe vehicles'' disqualified off the roads (... I call it the Easter Campaign). You might wonder what happens on ordinary days. Really there's a lack in consistency in law on this regard.

  • Riche - 2012-04-08 17:08

    Funny!!! Seek the offenders among those who are supposed to be our examples! Those very police officers!!!!!!!!

  • Flihii1 - 2012-04-08 17:26

    I am so glad that this law has finally become a reality. Its about time! I would like to make a suggestion. In Cape Town we have the cigarette butt law where members of the public can phone in and report motorists throwing cigarette butts out of the cars window. Why not apply the same to cell phone offenders? The city could set up a hotline for the public to report cell phone offenders. Time and place of incedent, and veh registration. All this info can be verified through cell phone companies for prosecution purposes. Time to get serious!!

  • Jayson - 2012-04-08 19:26

    All good and well!!! I stopped at a traffic light the other day and saw a woman doing her make up, talking on her phone and drinking a Mickey dee coffee. That's multi tasking if you ask me.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-11 14:02

      They should multitask her straight into jail!

  • richard.buhr - 2012-04-08 20:18

    At least something is being done somewhere in the country. I commute by motorbike and the number of times I've had close calls due to people drifting over lanes and not paying attention to what's going on a around them due to cellphone usage (texting and speaking) is numerous. Sure, it may not be as enforced as strongly as I'd like, but at least its happening a bit... which is better than nothing.

  • Melusi The-Win Nzimande - 2012-04-08 20:21

    lets hope people who had bring this law will also obey nd lead by gud exmpls of nt using phone whle drvng.

  • Raj - 2012-04-08 20:28

    The kettle is calling the pot black and vice versa. To institute and make this law successful one needs to lead by example. Believe it or not this is a normal act during peak traffic hours in and around Johannesburg and this includes the metro police, I have also seen motorist reading books, etc and woman busy with make up on the highways to and from work. These are some common causes that lack concentration and result in bumper bashing during peak hour traffic. So its thumbs up for this law.

      Jayson - 2012-04-08 20:34

      @raj. Be careful of the big fat black kettle. It could be deemed racist. Lol.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-09 14:55

    Only cost R500, wow, pretty cheap for a life that could be taken out while nitwit attempts to chat away. What gets me is the Luxury car owners cannot afford to buy a hands free. Dumb asses.

  • Sebastian - 2012-04-09 16:27

    Anyone stopped to think that SAPS Officer might get a call of a complaint on their cellphone and they have to answer it? In my town we can call the van directly on their cell if we have a problem. I don't use my cell while driving as it is very dangerous, but you see other people all the time. A couple of years back I was almost hit by a woman in her giant SUV while walking home from school. The reason why it happend? She was glued to her cellphone. She had the decency to stop and apologise.

  • sally.wynne2 - 2012-04-09 18:31

    A R500 fine for talking on a phone while driving. Thats a joke. Selfish drivers won't worry about that.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-11 14:01

    Very dangerous stuff. Cellphone should be confiscated and driver should in addition receive a fine of at least R10 000. I consider this more dangerous than someone driving with an alcohol level exceeding 0.10.

      Balan - 2012-04-11 14:34

      @Stefan, if the fine is set @ R10000.00 for using a cellphone while driving, RTA will lose out, @ R500 fine more offenders more revenue

  • rozario.coetzee - 2012-07-02 22:15

    Namibia fine for driving with cellphhone is 2000-00 bucs

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