Woman goes 62 years without traffic fine

2012-03-13 22:26

Cape Town - An 80-year-old driver was honoured on Tuesday as a "sterling example" for going 62 years without a single traffic fine, in a country where 40 people are killed on the roads every day.

Hazel Souma was handed a certificate for her blemish-free run of more than six decades by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

"Miss Souma's unblemished driving record and sterling example is proof that we can put an end to the carnage on our roads," he said.

South Africa's roads regularly see reckless driving, with a motorcyclist on Monday caught for travelling at more than 220km/h in a 120km/h zone.

While death tolls have dipped slightly, more than six million fines were issued between October 2010 and last year and more than 21 000 drunk drivers arrested.

  • roi.boss1 - 2012-03-14 01:09

    i commend this woman

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-14 04:41

    She probably had a chauffeur :-)

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-14 04:43

    Mini Minor driver? :-)

  • Kevin - 2012-03-14 06:10

    Wwll done Gran. Now you must get your liscense

  • hein.huyser - 2012-03-14 06:23

    Our local taxi drivers can make the same claim. No fines. Not because of their great driving manner, because of the lack of Metros doing what they are supposed to

  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-03-14 06:26

    It onley means she was never cought

  • Forest Gump - 2012-03-14 07:26

    What was her car standing in her garage for 50 years or what

  • Thatohatsi A Kgosi - 2012-03-14 07:42

    wow 62yrs of bribing

  • Whispers4life - 2012-03-14 07:48

    well done, but would love to see the odometer on her car.. :P none the less its great...

  • Christopher Thunder Linde - 2012-03-14 07:54

    Congrats! I'k going on 5 years with no speeding tickets.. Got a long way to go lol

  • Christopher Thunder Linde - 2012-03-14 07:54

    Congrats! I'k going on 5 years with no speeding tickets.. Got a long way to go lol

  • janet.mcdonaldbelstead - 2012-03-14 08:19

    I've been driving for 18 years without a fine or warning, etc! Feels good to be one of the "better" drivers out there. But for Miss Souma, I think her secret was / is that she is still a "Miss" - never married! (hubby's and kids are a distraction! LOL)

      makesuthink - 2012-03-14 09:34

      No not Miss but the third stage of womenhood MISSED

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-14 08:19

    Maybe she only ventures out once a year...

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-14 08:34

    Give that woman a bells!!!!!

      Michael - 2012-03-14 12:44

      ...and that is the day she is going to get 10 tickets in a day, ha-ha-h-a!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-14 08:42

    I got my first speeding ticket exactly one month after buying my car. 62 years is a wonderful achievement mam.

  • tanya.metelerkamp - 2012-03-14 08:47

    Congratulations, we should all work towards achieving this.

  • pieter.haasbroek - 2012-03-14 08:57

    Yeah, right. And our efficient government departments kept records for 62 years. And they can find the records for the last 62 years. And they can count to 62. Maybe I should ask them to find my record for the past 32 years that I've been driving and see what they come up with...

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-14 09:27

      For once the gov did something nice. Let's not spoil it by thinking up silly things.

  • Marion - 2012-03-14 09:02

    My mom used to brag about never having had an accident in all her years of driving. My dad's response was: "But have you ever taken note of all the accidents you've caused." Miss their banter.

      Yolanda - 2012-03-14 09:19


  • Andrew - 2012-03-14 09:08

    Hazel, it's time to live on the wild side!! never to late for a bad childhood!!

      S - 2012-03-14 13:05

      LOL, reminds me of the grandma who was asked "Have you ever been picked up by the fuzz?" and she answered "No, but I've been swung by the tits a couple of times!"

  • Yolanda - 2012-03-14 09:17

    Is this really possible?????????? *mouth wide open*

  • maryana65 - 2012-03-14 09:27

    You are the greatest. I wish you could be my mentor !!!

  • Moses - 2012-03-14 10:58

    I wonder how much she spend (On spot payment).

  • Dolf - 2012-03-14 13:16

    Atleast Ive gone 16 years without a fine ... only started driving at 17!!

  • Alan - 2012-03-15 12:09

    If she comes to Gauteng she will be really piss#d to pay those tolls!!

  • Amanda Terblanche - 2012-03-15 13:09

    I've been driving since 1990 and have had ONE traffic fine for an expired parking meter. I've not had a speeding fine yet. I don't see the need to speed, and no I don't drive like Miss Daisy! It is possible to go thru life without a speeding fine. Leave earlier to avoid being late, be curteous to your other road users. Save driving people!

  • Gert - 2012-03-16 14:54

    Give that lady a Bells------or make it 62 Bells-

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