Speeding drivers risk arrest - officials

2011-12-30 18:01

Mbombela - Mpumalanga authorities warned speeding drivers on Friday that they risked arrest and losing their licences.

"We will not hesitate to arrest drivers who want to endanger the lives of other road users," Mpumalanga community safety, security and liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe said.

"Speeding is one of the causes that has led to people losing their lives in road accidents, therefore drivers are warned."

Apart from freeways, police were watching townships, where speeding was a threat to pedestrians.

The statement followed the arrest of three motorists driving between 161km/h and 177km/h on the N3 between Villiers and Heidelberg on Thursday. Four motorists were arrested over the Christmas weekend for driving between 170km/h and 177km/h on the same road.

All seven were charged and released on bail of between R1 000 and R1 500 and expected to appear in court early next year.

  • ubhejane - 2011-12-30 18:15

    Amazing! Arrested on the N3! Probably in a BMW or Merc with ABS brakes and every other safety gadget humanly possible. Wake UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It isn't the BMW's killing the people, it is the taxis overtaking other taxis on solid white lines at 70 k's an hour!!!!

      thabo.tebele - 2011-12-30 18:28

      Thats crap,I have seen plenty of german cars causing accidents on the free ways,mostly due to speeding.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 18:29

      Why the hostility? You own a few taxis? Employ a couple of these animals that have no regard for human life? Take on somebody else Doctor, you will come a distant second in this argument.

      Bert - 2011-12-30 19:02

      speeding is speeding, fool, what a S..THEAD

      Kate - 2011-12-30 19:11

      I disagree with german cars being the cause of accidents. Every freeking media coverage is almost about some overloaded, unroadworthy taxi. In any case how many accidents on the autobahn do you hear of?

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 19:17

      ubhejane, you have a point. Its easy to target holidaymakers - not that I condone speeding, but the real danger is non-compliance with the rules of the road by taxis and other inconsiderate drivers. People just seem so agro on the road. How many motorbikes and cars have you seen overtake on solid lines around a blind bend this holiday - I stopped counting.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 20:01

      @John. We have all read this post of yours since 9 December. You basically have 3 posts you paste every day on here. This one and the one about killing the dogs and the song you have written. I reported you this morning because I am basically sick coming on here and reading the same stuff clogging up the blogs. If you participated in an intelligent debate about whatever stance you have in life, it would have been a different story, but this pasting the same stuff is trolling.

      Robert - 2011-12-30 20:38

      Have you ever studied the road markings. Gov has a hude role to play in this carnage, When can I safely pass. Look at the road signs - Its was planned by gov idiots, I have traveled this county extensively and to barier line versus the pass line is inconcestant and wrong. As a young driver would read this wrong, Can I take road authorities for a ride and pass onother vehicle everytime they indicate is safe and do that. They will jump the car and rather risk death by jumping. Clean your own back yard before scorning speeding. F@#$@#$ck you dumb as road signage incompantent people.

      miyo27 - 2011-12-31 02:20

      you can have all the safety features in the world but that still doesn't make the driver any's not the BMWs and Mercedes that are causing accidents, it's the arrogant pr!cks driving them that think they are The Stig...

      wesleywt - 2012-01-04 12:25

      Only morons think they are safe in their german cars. How can you think you can survive a crash at 200 kph, when at 100 kph you have the same force as driving your car off a 5 story building. Stop being ignorant.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-30 18:17

    Dont threaten take action! Stop giving these killers pathetic bail ammounts-R1500.00 for driving 170km p/h ???? Would you give someone running around pointing a loaded gun at members of the public such a small bail amm????R10000.00 minimum or stay in jail till you appear! Treat this like the serious crime it is!

  • Lloyd - 2011-12-30 18:22

    first you gotta catch them, but with little or no men on the ground....just talk!

      Vegi - 2011-12-30 18:45

      Most of the time traffic officers stop you in order to negotiate a bribe. So you want more people to bother us about bribes. Instead of more salaries to the corrupt law enforcement officers, I would rather spend money on millions of cameras installed at strategic points on our roads to record violations; and armed with concrete evidence, the officials proceed to impound the offending vehicles to bring the idiot owners to their senses.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-30 19:19

      Vegi, I'm gobsmacked. I actually agree with you for once...

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 19:39

      LOL Squeegee. Vegi just torments at times. I sit here and laugh when he gets the whole blog hysterical!

  • Vegi - 2011-12-30 18:25

    Why not impound the vehicles of those who drove at outrageous speeds, like 20 kms/h on a highway or or 140kms upwards on any road as well as those that overtake on solid white lines or on the face of oncoming traffic. Please confiscate any vehicle that is used as a dangerous weapon on a public road.

      ffaarg - 2011-12-31 11:15

      I think the speed limit should be increased on highways for passenger cars. 120 km/h is very slow. Its only dangerous when drivers do stupid things and some of the stupid things are done precisely because the speeds are low. When there are two lanes the fast lane should be 160km/h and the slow lane 120km/h.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 18:26

    Speed is NOT the problem in South Africa. 1. Bought licences 2. Unroadworthy vehicles which are never checked 3. Inept officials wanting to fine not patrol 4. Aggressive drivers 5. Appalling behaviour of taxi drivers 6. Appalling behaviour of truck and tanker drivers 7. Pedestrians on the freeway, these people are so stupid I am amazed they remember to breathe.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-12-30 18:39

      And you

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 18:48

      Absolutely Goodthing. I would ammend point 3 to: Inept officials wanting bribes, not patrol.

      jaap.kotze - 2011-12-30 18:52

      Breathing, unfortunately, is an involuntary action!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 18:52

      Paul why me? 36 year old male, got a licence at 17 in New Zealand after completing 2 years' learner's and restricted license, a professional Advanced Drivers Course both on the road and skid pans. That's 17 year's driving, in a 2 year old vehicle with full service plan, new tyres, seatbelts, spare wheel, all lights work, all doors open, suspension is perfect, shocks are perfect. Why then, am I a danger on the roads? It sounds like you have another kind of problem Sir.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 18:57

      Ubhejane, I think you are more correct! Yes. They are either under bridges or at home when they are supposed to be on duty. I don't trust nor respect one of them.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 19:02

      19 Years, my mistake. 19 Years on the road and I am a problem? Shame on you Paul.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 19:30

      Come back Paul, give me an answer, or can't you? Was it just nonsense or do you have a problem that we are unaware of.

  • Vegi - 2011-12-30 18:27

    Government vehicles commit traffic violations daily. Please fire the idiot drivers of government vehicles.

  • Vegi - 2011-12-30 18:35

    Taxis need to be impounded enmasse. I think some decision makers in government have a stake in the taxi industry, how else can you explain why the government is ignoring obvious solutions to the carnage caused by the taxis on our roads. A police division dedicated to the impounding of the offending taxis will go a long way towards bringing sanity to the crazy industry or are the taxi warlords more important than the innocent citizens who are killed daily by these deadly projectiles.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 18:46

      Thank you Vegi! These taxis are our biggest problem when it comes to loss of human life. I loved how you called them warlords, because that is exactly what they are.

      ArchAngel - 2011-12-30 18:47

      Vegi: you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. DAILY these taxis commit more offenses than the rest of the vehicles commit in a year. Why no action? Government ministers and their families obviously have a large financial interest in the taxi industry, hence the mindset that they own the roads, just like their families in their Blue Light convoys. All cut from the same cloth.

      berni.venter - 2011-12-30 19:23

      Thumbs up Vegi. Not to mention what these taxi accidents cost the country as a whole... Road Accident fund a total mess because for one taxi accident you have 10 claims... The taxi industry needs to be forced to have private public liability insurance and get billed for the costs of cleaning up the accident scenes!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 19:32

      @berni.venter. Brilliant plan Berni. I think it should be implemented as soon as possible. Why should we pay for their lack of responsibility.

  • Bee2205 - 2011-12-30 18:57

    All talk, mostly no action... prove me wrong... @ubhejane - agree with you fully

  • Bert - 2011-12-30 19:00

    blah, blah, blah, talk, talk ,talk, it'll never happen.

      Vegi - 2011-12-30 19:14

      Don't despare and say it will never happen, action will happen when you least expect. Or are you of the view that people who are fed up with the current lawlessness on our roads will never get into government or into decision making?

      berni.venter - 2011-12-30 19:26

      Good one Bert... See you are also an experienced optimist. Just some political spinning due to the Xmas death toll... Got to pretend that the exorbitant pay check and perks are justified!

      Bert - 2011-12-31 14:53

      hi Vegi,, the people who will never get into government or, that is, government of the day, are fed up with lawlessness full stop.

  • DraganTrenk - 2011-12-30 19:28

    IQ testing and Aptitude test has to be done as condition to obtain driving licence!!! Majority accidents happened because of eclatant STUPIDITY and EMOTIONALY&MENTALY F...-UP people.Not because of SPEED!!!Those are the same ones that allow themselves to drink or take any drugs&drive or to stupid to judge own inabilities to drive at all.Haven't you seen that every day on our streets.You have to be intelligent enough, to have right to apply for the Driving licence!!! We all have a different abilities,though some people are incapable of driving,naturaly.It has nothing to do with a race,gender or culture in general.Some people are intelligent above average,most are average and some are less capable for some intellect based activities.As driving. Bring IQ test as part of Driving exam,PLEASE.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 19:34

      Actually Dragan, 50% of people are BELOW AVERAGE. :-)

      Renier - 2011-12-30 21:32

      I agree: The ability to observe, evaluate and conclude in a reasonable period of time should be evaluated.

      DraganTrenk - 2011-12-31 02:06

      I can see that some "Intelectuals" gave me tumbs down? I don't have a problem with a STUPID,unless is in my vicinity,or I've seen him/her driving. IQ TEST for drivers,PLEASE!!!

  • keith.staniford - 2011-12-30 20:40

    Blah, Blah, Blah! Bit late, the holiday is all but over. So much for Zero tolerance, over 1000 road deaths and climbing. Actions speak louder than words!!

  • Renier - 2011-12-30 21:21

    The authorities must give the true statistics on the causes of all the accidents. I am sure that speeding will be low on the list. My list will be: 1. Reckless driving and ignoring traffic signs, 2. Illegal licenses. 3. Overloaded vehicles (overloaded vehicles takes longer to brake, more difficult to control, 4. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs 5. Speeding, 6 Potholes and inadequate signage. Actually accidents are caused by an combination of factors. Should a proper study be made I think the finding will be that roadblocks and speed traps alone will not help. Enforcement on moving violations is needed.

      Renier - 2011-12-30 22:31


  • Wes - 2011-12-30 21:39

    The 23-year-old, affectionately known as 'Tight', was caught travelling at 214 km/h in a 60 km/h zone and was nabbed by police officers on the N1 south between Kranskop and Mantsole at around 08:50 on Tuesday. He was then taken to the nearby police station in Bela-Bela where he was later released on R2 000 bail, and he will appear before the Magistrates' Court when his case resumes on January 10.

      Renier - 2011-12-30 22:23

      This is total madness. His licence should be suspended for ever!

  • igno1 - 2011-12-30 22:08

    Arse..le, it not speeding, it is road users not road wise, uneducated, don't care, untrained, can't think drivers, just want to make a quick buck to get there and back as quick as possible!!!!!!!!

  • Gerda - 2011-12-31 08:47

    Ubhejane - I totally agree with you PLUS added the taxis and ANY other kind of vehicle seeing its the drivers that causes accidents, irrelevant of what kind of vehicles. Many times when I am driving on the right lane passing a slower vehicle in the left lane suddenly I get someone in an luxury vehicle tailing me or flashing lights. I wonder how many of these type of irresponsible drivers caused accidents without them being aware of it. Looking at these accident pictures it might be effective to show them regularly on national television as well as DSTV. Drivers might be more cautious on the roads. Over the festive seasons 24/7 courts in high accident areas might be a good idea. That also would be a good deterrent.

  • Gerda - 2011-12-31 09:08

    am reading everyone's comments and some are good ideas. NEWS 24 should add a permanent SUGGESTION box on top of the main page for anyone that thinks he or she has a good idea that will lead to a better governed SA and beneficial to its inhabitants to use it. MAYBE just MAYBE someone from the government might notice it and impliment some of those ideas.

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