Speedsters and their silly excuses

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Being late for a meeting and nature calling remain some of the excuses most used by drivers caught speeding on South African roads.

Last month, a 22-year-old man in a VW Scirocco was arrested for driving at a blistering 234km/h on the N12 eastbound between the R59 and the Voortrekker Road turnoff in Ekurhuleni. The driver claimed that he was rushing his younger brother to a soccer practice in Meyersdal, according to Ekurhuleni Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago.

On the same day, a 25-year-old Ford Kanga driver was caught driving at 173km/h on the same stretch of road. “He was rushing to assist a friend who had just been nabbed for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor,” said Kgasago. “A man in a Mini Cooper, clocked at 166km/h, claimed he was testing the power of his newly acquired toy.”

The three drivers were charged with reckless and negligent driving.

Speeding for no reason

In January, Ekurhuleni Metro police arrested a 20-year-old motorcyclist for doing 195km/h on the N12 south of Johannesburg. The motorcyclist was charged with reckless and negligent driving after he told traffic officers he was speeding “for no reason at all”.

Late for work

In September last year, a 38-year-old woman driver in a Toyota sedan, who claimed she was rushing to work, was caught doing 108km/h in a 60km/h zone. She was charged with reckless and negligent driving at the Springs Police Station, and released on bail of R1 000. Three drivers in their early thirties, all driving powerful German-made vehicles, were clocked at speeds of between 100km/h and 107km/h, and between 99km/h and 96km/h in a 60km/h zone.

When nature calls

In August last year, Ekurhuleni Metro police said a 21-year-old driver was caught going 202km/h in a 120km/h zone in his BMW M3 on the R59 near Alberton. The driver claimed he was rushing to attend to the “call of nature”. The man was later afforded the opportunity to relieve himself at the Brackendowns Police Station where he has been detained.

Late for church

Lolly Jackson, the deceased strip-club franchise owner, was in July 2005 fined R20 000 for driving at 249km/h in his Lamborghini. Jackson had claimed his reason for speeding was that he was late for church, according to media reports.

Rushing to hospital

Kerishnie Naicker, a former Miss South Africa, was caught driving at 190km/h on a KwaZulu-Natal highway in her official car, sporting an expired licence, in 1999. She tried to get off the hook by saying she was rushing to see a sick uncle in hospital. She was fined R10 000 for speeding.


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