SA gets first level crossing CCTV

2012-06-07 18:06

Cape Town - A video surveillance system has been installed at a level crossing in Cape Town to monitor drivers breaking the law, the Western Cape transport department said on Thursday.

Department head Hector Eliott said the camera was installed at the White Road level crossing in Retreat recently and the first offenders could expect to receive summonses soon.

He said stiff fines would be imposed, starting at R500 for failure to stop at the railway.

"They may face arrest and charges of reckless or negligent driving in more serious cases, for example if the booms are ignored."

The city planned to roll out the project to more crossings, including the Buttskop crossing, once the system was proved to be efficient in reducing recklessness.

Taxi driver Jacob Humphreys killed 10 children in 2010 when he overtook a row of cars at Buttskop, ignored safety signals and proceeded over the tracks.

He was given an effective 20 years in jail.

  • bizarro.jerri - 2012-06-07 18:11

    Next story will be "SA's first level crossing CCTV stolen"...sorry, I am in a cynical mood today...

  • Mpho Matlala - 2012-06-07 19:02

    Henk, can't you just be happy that precautionary measures are being put in. You are a real piece of work. I'm sure you are one of those that smile with the darker colleagues and talks nonsense at home. Hope your children if you do don't grow up to be anything like you. Taxi drivers all you needed to say. No need to go any further. Good luck with your future.

  • barBen666 - 2012-06-07 19:15

    It took them very long and many accidents and unnecessary deaths later, but better late than never. I am happy that something is being done at last.

  • icarus.smith.90 - 2012-06-07 19:20

    Every robot should have a camera, and fines should start at R2000, cause if you an idiot to drive through. Then as an idiot you can afford it.

      renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-06-07 21:38

      I wonder what happened to all the "Robot Cameras" that were there some years ago.

  • Tanie - 2012-06-07 19:54

    Cool yay to the DA, you go DA. That taxi driver must rot in hell for killing 10 innocent lives.

  • Gerhardus - 2012-06-07 19:59

    Stream it live on the net please.

  • Mazimba - 2012-06-07 20:02

    There aren't any booms at the railway crossings here in Witbank. How about erecting some over here?

  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-07 20:05

    Taxi drivers don't pay traffic fines. I'd rather they spent some time and money on Koeberg Lake Interchange, Liesbeek Swampway and many other roads so poorly engineered they are impassable after just 2 days of rain. Can't believe billions were spent on the N1 Koeberg Interchange, only for half of it to be underwater during winter.

  • Gaby - 2012-06-07 20:57

    Well done DA for leading the way again. On a lighter note, how about an electric current like an energiser that shocks the cr#p out of anyone that tries to cross the booms while they are down. Promise, they will only try it once. No fine required.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-07 22:03

      How about prevention - booms that come down when a train is approaching. A camera in this country is meaningless, viz, a few months ago taxi driver beating up pedestrian. Even if they get the full-face identification and the licence plate, it could take SIXTEEN years to bring them to book. These cameras are only good if they are monitored 24/7 and there can be an immediate police response. Else it is just another toy to play with if and when it finally gets to court

      Ally - 2012-06-07 22:06

      Pity the poor kids stuffed into the taxi that jumps the red light/dodges the booms. They don't deserve to be shocked.

      PARTMYTH.PARTLEGEND - 2012-06-07 23:37

      Again...another crazy suggestion as a solution...dont b so emotional about it...then what if u shock them...then the train will definately hit them.sitting ducks

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-06-07 21:08

    It is about time. Thank God.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-07 22:10

      Stable door after the horse has bolted. Taxi drivers seldom pay fines, get arrested or go to court. The legal process is to serve summons on the licence-holder, not the driver. All this is going to do is create employment for lawyers. All the way to ConCourt.

  • Ally - 2012-06-07 22:04

    R500 is not a stiff fine!! How about impounding the vehicle for a week for the first offence and then impounding the driver in a holding cell for the next week. Crush the vehicle after the second offence and take away the driver's licence. Yes, it would stop the likes of Jacob Humphries killing any more children.

      PARTMYTH.PARTLEGEND - 2012-06-07 23:33

      Yeah i suppose this is a good movement,but yr suggestions r crazy.sorry if u lost sum1 due 2 an accident but suggesting impounding and imprisonment is crazy.dnt b so emotional abt it

      andre.olivier.7165 - 2012-12-29 05:33

      suggest all trains must stop at level crossings as well, crush vehicle when they are found not to be roadworthy, driver first offence, stiff fine, second offence cut 1st limb of the pinkie, and so on.....

  • PARTMYTH.PARTLEGEND - 2012-06-07 23:49

    This is obviously a good thing.ppl's lives will b saved,offenders will b brought 2 justice.just also think about ppl who use such crossing on a daily basis just 2 get out of your neighbourhood,like my area.the boom is at the only road 2 get out of here and in the mornings its a nightmare in traffic.i am nt saying ppl should disobey the law but just think outside the box for a change.imagine standing 20min behind the boom in peak traffic and as u get there the lights flash for a goods train 2 pass thats 1km away and you're 10mins late for R500 fine/get fired?...what u gna do

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-06-08 08:58

    Sorry it all comes down to greed and selfish police.

  • Michael - 2012-06-08 15:01

    Surely there's a bigger deterrent at play?

  • Khumbulani Khumalo - 2014-03-22 13:33

    It's not just taxi drivers as most of you seem to be implying, South African drivers as a whole, we don't respect the rules of the road. In fact if you go deeper into this horrors, it's the children's transporters that are found wanting than the actual taxis on our roads. let's just obey the rules and save unnecessary traumas and horrors. Well done Western Cape it's a step in the right direction.

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