By Jonk wa Mashamba
The Gauteng Traffic Police High Speed unit arrested over twenty-five speedsters on Gauteng major routes in the past two weeks.
The drivers were found driving negligently and recklessly, failing to adhere to the prescribed maximum speed limit of 120 km/h on a freeway.
These speedsters were arrested on major freeways such as the N1, N4, R21, M1 and N14 respectively.
According to the spokesperson for Gauteng Traffic Police, Sello Maremane, the worst-case scenario was the driver of a white porche.
He was apprehended on the N4 freeway to Mpumalanga on the 25th January 2022 excessively speeding at 204 km/h.
“The 47-year-old male driver was detained at Bronkhorspruit police station and will appear in court shortly.
“The Gauteng Traffic Police also arrested a motorist this Friday, 28 January 2022, on the R553 Golden Highway for driving under the influence of alcohol with the reading recorded at 1,02 mg/l.
“The drunk driver was involved in an accident which caused serious injuries to other road users who are currently receiving medical treatment at Bara Hospital. The driver is currently detained at Eldorado police station,” Maremane.
Maremane said the speedsters were arrested on the spot and taken to various police stations where they were formally charged with reckless and negligent driving as well as an alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit.
He said most of them have appeared in various magistrate courts around Bronkhorspruit and Tshwane while those arrested during the weekend are expected to appear this coming week.
“Excessive speeding is one of the contributory factors to road crashes leading to fatalities.
“Driver behavior and attitude on our roads is a major concern to law enforcement authorities which therefore calls for the strengthening of road safety education.
“Many of these arrested speedsters were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, which pose a danger to the lives of road users,” said Maremane.
“Gauteng Traffic Police High Speed Unit will intensify the patrol of freeways, streets and public places in clearly marked vehicles as an available means for the prevention of road traffic violations,” added Maremane.