South Africa 16.4.2015 04:00 pm

Speedsters must be prosecuted – MEC Shongwe

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Seven motorists have been arrested in Mpumalanga for speeding during law enforcement operations.

The highest speed recorded was on April 10, when TS Manyoni, 34, was caught driving at 191 km/h on the N3 in Balfour, Mpumalanga.

Manyoni was released on R1 500 bail and will appear again at the Balfour Magistrates’ Court on May 20. The other motorists were also granted R1 500 bail and will still appear in court.

Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe said speeding was one of the factors that highly contributed to road crashes.

“Our country must make it difficult for lawbreakers to attain bails so that a strong message could be sent to other motorists that we are serious about road safety. Innocent lives are lost on our roads through negligence by motorists,” said Shongwe.

He said the N3 was the most problematic route in the province regarding speed, therefore visibility and enforcement must be enhanced on that route.

Two other motorists were arrested for overloading and producing false documentation last week.

The department said 4 758 traffic fines were issued to motorists for different violations, including negligence, reckless driving, and driving vehicles with defects.

Two hundred vehicles were discontinued, while 206 were impounded for their unroadworthiness.

 

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