Speeding Porsche driver pleads guilty

2012-07-09 17:15

Johannesburg - A man arrested for speeding on the N1 to Pretoria pleaded guilty to reckless and negligent driving in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Adam Hack, 20, was fined R1 500 for driving at 188km/h, Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said.

Hack and his father David, 55, were arrested on Sunday for speeding in their Porsche GT3s.

David was driving at 234km/h, ahead of Adam.

David would appear in the same court on Tuesday facing charges of reckless and negligent driving, with an alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit of 120km/h.

It had been reported that Adam was a South African Olympic swimmer, but Swimming SA could not confirm this.

Beeld newspaper reported that Swimming SA spokesperson Godfrey Monei knew most of the Olympic team swimmers, but did not know of an Adam Hack.

The South African swimming team for the London Olympic Games is in camp in Monaco where they are hosted by Princess Charlene of Monaco, an ex-South Africa Olympic swimmer.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-09 17:26

    I think is a Olympic car racer, News24 was right, it was something to do with races.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-07-09 17:31

    Is this not a misprint? Is there not a '0' missing at the end of the figure? If not, there is one zero too many on the magistrate's salary. A fine of only R1500 sends the wrong message. The public prosecutor should demand a retrial under a different judge.

      elaine.boardman - 2012-07-10 10:36

      Ridiculous! I had a family emergency and had to get to Wilgers Hospital, did 180km near Rigel and had to pay R 6500 - 5 YEARS AGO! - Where is the consistency!?

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-07-09 17:37

    There is a Saul Hack ranked between 53rd and 58th in the SA Swimming Association 2011 Mens Open Freestyle 50m Short course and 100m Long course rankings. Also ranked 31st for the 50m Butterfly Short Course and 60th in the 100m Butterfly Long Course. Certainly nowhere near Olympic qualifications. Then again he is SAUL not ADAM Hack - Adam Hack is not ranked anywhere in the SA Swimming rankings.

  • merushan - 2012-07-09 17:40

    It was richard hammond and jeremy clarkson. Hope bbc pays their fines lol

  • gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-09 17:49

    That fine is stupid. One gets a R500.00 for being 11 kph over the speed limit( subject to 50% discount) but still,over 60kph over the limit should be at least R5000.00 AND licence suspended for 1 year

      dave.walker.1690671 - 2012-07-09 18:01

      There's a 0 missing from your number as well. R50k would be more like it.

      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-10 06:46

      Dave sorry you are right should be R50000.00

      elaine.boardman - 2012-07-10 10:36

      Ridiculous! I had a family emergency and had to get to Wilgers Hospital, did 180km near Rigel and had to pay R 6500 - 5 YEARS AGO! - Where is the consistency!?

  • andre.pretorius.1297 - 2012-07-09 17:57

    Why so much attension on speeding,What about red traffic lights, stop signs & barrier lines, no attension there.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-10 10:32

      your point makes the most sense, that is where most deaths are racked up, speeding usually enda in catastrophic death of the speeder him/her self

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-07-09 17:59

    I WAS SPEEDING IN 100Km/h. ZONE;; CLOCK 130Km/h;;FINED A R1000 IS IT FAIR?????

      Develyn33 - 2012-07-09 18:03

      Next time drive faster :)

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-09 18:01

    I think its time to call in SARS on these two.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-07-09 19:01

      Seriously??? What just because they are wealthy you immediately assume they are criminals??? Get a grip and over your jealousy.

  • Mark - 2012-07-09 18:22

    Can all the people who have posted on here about his speeding please confirm that they have NEVER exceeded the posted spped limits, I for one will hold my hands up and admit that I exceed the speed limit every day. Not trying to say that it is right, just that we all do it. Stop being self righteous prats and admit that we all break the rules every now and again. Oh yes, 188km/h nor 234km/h is that much in a car that can handle upwards of 300km/h, as for the drivers being capable is another story. Thankfully they didnt loose control and cause any injuries.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-09 18:27

      You are a fool.

      Mark - 2012-07-09 18:34

      @nettie - why would I be a fool? So far I am the only person on here who has admitted to breaking the law. At no point did I say that what they or I did was right, it isnt. Just telling the truth. My opinion you are the fool if you cant admit that you have never broken any laws.

      poloyatonkim - 2012-07-09 18:38

      Mark.. Hand yourself over to the police.

      gavin.murugan.1 - 2012-07-09 19:06

      @mark, let's see you be so self righteous when you loose one of your loved ones, due to some idiot breaking the laws on our roads. Fool

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-09 19:11

      @Mark, Exactly, driving at that speed is not a problem for such a car. However, it can be a huge problem for the driver, and an even bigger problem for anyone he might hit.

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-09 19:14

      Yes Mark, we all break the speed limit some time or another, however those speeds are not JUST breaking the speed limit. If I klap someone around the ear,it is against the law, but it's a whole different story if I blow their brains out with a gun.

      tw2066 - 2012-07-09 20:03

      Yep, have sped - but 2 things - 1,never at THAT speed 2.Never got caught.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 03:52

      Mark i broke the speed limit today, but your comment is still those of a KNOB... There is a big difference between 140/150 km/h and 234km/h. Even at 140 km/h your changes to survive is minimum in a head on crash imagine 180/200/230 km/h. Have a look at this clip and think before you make statements.

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-10 09:43

      mark, people like you criticise the lack of policing and corrupt law enforcement etc etc. then, someone driving a porsche comes along and gets reprimanded and all you can comment on is that EVERYBODY does it???? you are a silly fool. what the heck do you really want? seems to me that you are a somewhat confused individual. this country is full of arrogant idiots who think that they can decide on what is right and what is wrong. there is a reason why SA suffers from the highest road carnage in the world..... i think that it is time to start taking some responsibility for this reality...

      Mark - 2012-07-10 13:24

      Let me point something out to all you IDIOTS that have replied to me calling me names etc. Point 1. NOWHERE did I say that what they did was right, it WASNT. To be honest the fine should have been a lot higher than this. I got caught once doing a lesser speed on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere and got a R5000.00 fine. Point 2. Virtually everyone has been acting all high and mighty as if they have never done a thing wrong in their lives. Look at yourselves before you critisise others. Point 3. There are more accidents caused in SA due to slow drivers who dont give a damn about what is coming up behind them regardless of what speed they are doing, ever had a truck doing 50km/h pull out infront of you whilst you are doing 100km/h? Bloody scary and far more dangerous than someone driving on a quiet road at high speed (not saying that the people above were doing this cos they were on the N1, again they shouldnt have done it) Point 4. Again NOWHERE did I try and justify them doing it, the law is there for everyone to abide by. My point is that I can not think of anyone who can honestly say they have never broken the law, yet we will all sit there and slam other people who get caught, to be honest there are people sitting there thinking that they are alright simply because they didnt get caught in the first place. To those people who have called me confused, misguided or a fool. Think again, I am not the fool. I am a realist.

  • Jake - 2012-07-09 18:41

    no mercy must be shown to people who break the law, and endanger the lives of innocent road users...see pics of road carnage on wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • BmanCav - 2012-07-09 20:35

    And yet a well known radio DJ get fined R10 000 for 182kms in the same courts......mmmmm makes you wonder just an over kill of power.

      elaine.boardman - 2012-07-10 10:37

      Ridiculous! I had a family emergency and had to get to Wilgers Hospital, did 180km near Rigel and had to pay R 6500 - 5 YEARS AGO! - Where is the consistency!?

  • jan.heydenrych.5 - 2012-07-09 22:13

    Ridiculous, just a month ago my son was fined R4500.00 for crossing a yellow demarcated area on the R300 at 07h00 in the morning. After writing a letter it was reduced to R1500.00. Speeding is the major cause of accidents on our roads and kills people every day. No one was put at harm when my son crossed the demarcated painted island, in fact not a car in sight except for the traffic officer in his unmarked car who then also accused him of being drunk. while the breathalyzer test was negative.It is time that this country gets uniformed fines.

  • cj.venter - 2012-07-10 06:37

    should have been 1.5 million fine.

  • charl.koegelenberg - 2012-07-10 07:52

    i break the law every day with more then one illegal thing

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-07-10 07:53

    Why are they selling this fast cars knowingly that the maximum speed limit allowed on the road is 120 Kmh?

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-07-10 08:20

    R1500.00!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me?? I got fined R1500.00 for doing 132 km/hr in KZN and I was overtaking a truck on the open road at the time. This is ridiculous. This fool was doing 188 km/hr on a busy road and he gets the same fine?? Take his license away for two years, lock him up for six months and confiscate the car. That will certainly teach hiom a lesson. By the way Herman, I do not believe for a split second that he was a "first time offender" . It was just the first time that he was caught and R1500.00 means absolutely nothing to him. He probably spends that amount at a decent resturant for a meal with his family. In Norway, you get fined according to your income and assets so speeding there is out of the question for most drivers.

  • Clive - 2012-07-10 08:44

    Perhaps we should do what certain Scandinavian countries do: the level of the fine imposed is dependent on ones means, so guys who drive Porsches, Ferraris and the like would think twice about driving as if they own the road.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-10 10:30

    go speed racer, go speed racer go speed raaaceeer goooooooooo lol

  • elaine.boardman - 2012-07-10 10:32

    Ridiculous! I had a family emergency and had to get to Wilgers Hospital, did 180km near Rigel and had to pay R 6500 - 5 YEARS AGO! - Where is the consistency!?

  • Oomdok - 2012-07-10 10:41

    188 km/h in a Porsche/Ferrari/SLS is much less dangerous than 8okm/h in a taxi with regrooved tyres weaving through traffic in Pretoria! Get real.

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