Speedster knocks over traffic officer

2011-11-15 21:40

Johannesburg - A metro police officer is in a critical condition after being knocked over by a motorist along the R562 in Midrand on Tuesday, said Johannesburg metro police.

The woman had to be airlifted from the scene around 20:20, said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

"The officer tried to stop the driver, in his 30s, for driving without headlights and for speeding, when she was knocked over," said Minnaar.

The motorist would be charged with reckless and negligent driving.

  • drcpot - 2011-11-15 21:54

    traffic officer (Heading) vs metro police officer (Article). Great editing spilling over from Nuus24 to News24.

  • Johana - 2011-11-15 22:31

    Shame for the officer. Can news24 get right at least one story per day? What happened to this site reporting???

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-16 00:53

    Obviously they learned nothing from the last one who got knocked over. I wonder of them need to get hit before it will occur to them that jumping out in front of a speeding vehicle is not safe. It will be interesting to find out what the outcome is of these charges since there might not have been an accident until the cop made it one.

      Dorothea - 2011-11-16 07:15

      oh my goodness. you are blaming the cop. how disgusting. typical south african.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-16 23:01

      My apologies Dorothea you’ve changed my point of view. Traffic cops all over South Africa, Dorothea thinks you should continue to jump out in front of speeding vehicles and get knocked over – so go for it. The motorists shouldn’t be speeding. Good solution for keeping death off the roads.

  • Tyrone - 2011-11-16 06:47

    Average weight of metro officer 125kg (excluding dougnuts and coffee in each hand), average weight of a motor vehicle 1250kg (excluding momentum and passengers), it's not rocket science who will come off second best. It doesn't mean because you don the metro overalls you automatically become superman.

      Dorothea - 2011-11-16 07:17

      why are you idiots focussing on the cop? fascinating mentality. very south african too. just because you guys have absolutely no respect for them, this does not give you the right to make such comments. the idiot driver was reckless, careless and a potential murderer. how about you focus on this? bloody moron

      alainheidtmann - 2011-11-16 07:30

      Excuse me! Respect for what?!

      Pur - 2011-11-16 07:36

      @Dorothea - I see you are leaving. Great.

      Dorothea - 2011-11-16 08:05

      pur, it is great, isn't it? i am pleased that you agree

      Dorothea - 2011-11-16 08:06

      you absolute fools. this cop was trying to his job. and because you silly people hate cops, the driver (i.e. the potential murderer) does not even get a mention????? how very pitiful

      marazor - 2011-11-16 08:27

      @Tyrone, you are a pussy... now you know

  • Brad Lello - 2011-11-16 07:03

    Why is she standing in the road

      Pur - 2011-11-16 08:01

      Because she believes that a cop with her hand up will stop a speeding car before it hits her. Guess that didn't work out too well.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-16 07:14

    We are leaving at the end of the year. When people ask why we are leaving, I state the obvious i.e. crime and corruption, BUT the insane behaviour of SA citizens on the roads is a close second. People look at me strangely, but considering that over 30,000 people die on roads annually, why is this strange? There are plenty of murderers on our roads! And I am not simply referring to taxis - white people disgust me too. Yesterday I drove about 60 km's throughout the day - I counted 7 people talking on their phones whilst driving - and they were ALL WHITE. I then had the pleasure of stopping at a four way stop only to witness a AA candidate in his black merc drive through at approx 70kms an hour..... I am so glad to be leaving this dump. I feel dreadfully sorry for the all of people whom I have talked to over the months who have expressed their envy that we are leaving. Shame, I wish you well - I would like to be optimistic for you, but this is a challenge.

      Jarrud - 2011-11-16 07:50

      Ahhh you are one of those the grass is always greener on the other side kinds of people. With all due respect I have lived over seas and found the return home the best move I ever made. For you see no matter where you reside you will find the white driver talking on his phone or speeding and couple AA/EE (what ever other letters you would like to add)doing all sorts of exciting stuff on the roads, so please get your head out your arse! as for the police officer, the driver is a complete moron and should be punished for his negligcnce of the road aand its laws. However I also feel that this could be avoided if the officer at hand had also stepped out the way and used her radio to call for assitance. In know way am I calling her at fualt as this is a very sad affair and our thoughts should be with her and her family. But two officers in a matter of weeks being knocked over my vehicles seems to point out a lack of something (possibly training). There are always circumstances to which cause these things happen and I hope we can work together to find a solution. Have fun Dorothea on your trip, and I do hope you find the peace you are looking for.

      Dorothea - 2011-11-16 08:15

      jarrud, grass is always greener? i have spent a great deal of time overseas, so i am fully aware of what i am getting myself into. dont get your knickers into a knot becauase, unlike you, i am unprepared to put up with this country and all its' challenges. you guys have become very complacent and the sad reality is that your existence here is substandard, but you have gradually become used to living in a third world country whilst paying more than many first world countries for services. your lives are at risk on daily basis, but you assure yourslves that you must stay because the sun shines and there is always someone who will cut your grass and clean your toilets at cheap rates. how very sad. i believe in proof and people like you who claim that the grass is always greener really do need to become more knowledgeable about the dreary stats that face you. road deaths, rapes, hiv infections, domestic violence, murders, hijacking are amongst the countless UNRIVALLED challenges you face. but do continue endangering your children - and when something happens, comfort yourself with the knowledge that the sun always shines in africa! goodness, how pathetic your standards are. you do not have what it takes to make it work overseas - stop trying to justify your failure and return to sunny SA. as hard as it may be spare a thought for the officer; and perhaps consider directing your horror at the reckless driver who may just flatten your daughter one day....

      Jarrud - 2011-11-16 08:57

      Dorothea, Would you like a hug... But before this tuns into a bitter debate about your inferrior attitude towards South Africa, all I was implying is for you not to be a generalist and to accept the fact that unfortunatly where ever you go there are problems. And as for my "failure and return to sunny SA" it was a choice about family not failure. I enjoyed close on ten years and working and living abroad and it was fantastic but this is my Home and Yes there is lots and lots of sunshine as you keep pointing out to keep the majority us us happy and working towards a greater Soth Africa. When and where can I help you pack!

      Phoenix - 2011-11-16 09:37

      You are the weakest link. Good bye.

      Dorothea - 2011-11-16 10:23

      jarrud, you are justifying your decision to move back by convincing yourself that SA is no different to any other country. jarrud, what part of the stats dont you comprehend? how can you claim that drivers in every country behave like SA motorists? if you make such a claim, then you would need to justify why our MONTHLY road deaths equal or exceed most countries ANNUAL road deaths. i can quote many other unique stats that SA is the proud owner of, if you wish to continue this futile debate. you are the loser before we have even begun. you have become complacent and need to justify why you came back. you mention that you came back for family? i assume that you have children? so, what about them? do you think that you have done the right thing for them? it takes one criminal, one rape, one hijacking or one murder to realise that you have chased down sunshine, blue skies and poolside braais at the expense of those whom you claim to love. But I see that the weather forecast for today is 'MOSTLY SUNNY AND PLEASANTLY WARM' - so, all is good for the jarrud family! how very shallow!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-16 23:11

      Maybe when you get overseas you will see that there are safety standards applied when it comes to law enforcement because risking lives to try and save lives doesn’t make sense to people overseas. The problem is that in South Africa it’s not about saving lives it’s about making money. The authorities are so scared that they might miss out on dishing out a fine that they are willing to risk the lives of their personnel to make sure nothing slips through the net. Go ask a tow truck driver when their busiest times are and what the cause of those accidents are. Drinking and driving. So why is the focus always on speed and never on the major cause of accidents?

  • Pur - 2011-11-16 07:31

    "The motorist would be charged with reckless and negligent driving." The dumb cop should be charged with stupidity, attempted suicide and causing an accident. A vehicle travelling at 120km/h covers 100 metres in less than 3 seconds and takes well over 100 metres to stop. Add a tired driver with slow reaction times plus a dark night and mostly a dark cop as well, and the driver hasn't a hope of stopping in time. In any civilised country the cop would be to blame for the accident and their own injuries, and would have to pay for damages caused as well. Still, with the unemployment in this country its cheaper to replace traffic cops than to train them.

      BMcB - 2011-11-16 09:21

      "120km/h covers 100 metres in less than 3 seconds" No, 100m takes exactly 3 seconds @ 120km/h

  • Dave - 2011-11-16 08:12

    Am from the old school of thought in South Africa and am amazed at a lot of the idiotic comments - grew up during apartheid era but let's try and be fair when expressing our thoughts as to who is to blame. Not one of us know the actual facts - especially when we have to read what happened when NEWS24 tries to report on the happening.

  • Gail - 2011-11-16 10:35

    Let's relate this to the taxi accident. Here a lowly paid traffic officer may die because she tried to stop a speeding driver without light s who from the sound of it attempted to drive off without stopping. This is related to the taxi accident because the speeding driver had no lights and consequently did not see her. The vehicle should not have been on the road and the traffic officer was right where she was meant to be doing her duty and the driver hit her either deliberately or by accident. It actually hardly matters because someone's mother, sister, daughter wife may die or be left disabled for life. The cost to the taxpayer here is for one person. Multiply that by the no.'s of survivors in taxi accidents everyday and then apportion blame. The car should not have been on the road and the driver should have to pay the costs for this woman's injuries for as long as she lives as well as loss of earnings. The truck which the taxi's hit should have been insured and the owner thereof should be held liable for every last cent he owns for driving an unfit vehicle which lead to the death and injuries of almost 45 people.

  • kseyffert - 2011-11-16 13:08

    Pity they are not including attempted murder too. Driving fast especially without lights IS attempted murder!

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