Driver in a jam over jammer
Angelo C Louw
Pietermaritzburg - A Hayfields man's carefree drive reached a dead-end on Tuesday when traffic officials discovered that his car was fitted with a laser jamming device that prevents speed cameras from recording how fast he is driving.
Not only did the Msunduzi Municipality traffic authorities arrest him, but they also impounded his black Audi TT Coupé. The man claims he was unaware that the device was fitted to the car.
"The fact is that he was in control of the vehicle at that time, so he is accountable for that vehicle whether or not he knew about the device. That is a matter for the courts," said Senior Superintendent Kwenza Khumalo, who confirmed that the car was registered under the arrested man's name.
The driver was pulled over on Hesketh Drive in Hayfields after the Pro-laser 3 machine used by traffic officials to "trap" speedsters was disabled when he drove past.
"We questioned him and on inspection, we found the device."
Khumalo said that according to records, the man has no speeding-related offences to his name. He was taken to Alexandra police station and released on bail.
In August, The Witness reported that a 65-year-old farmer was arrested on Reggie Radebe (Richmond) Road when traffic officials discovered that her vehicle was fitted with a Shift 3 Speed Laser jamming device made in Canada.
Khumalo said that the prevalence of such devices is "quite high" and that a notice has been sent out to all officials to be on the lookout.
Anonymous User - 2009-01-28 21:39
As far as I understand, the devices themselves are not illegal. The police cannot arrest a storekeeper for selling them, or me for placing one in my car. However, if the man was found to have been using the device with intent to speed, that is defeating the ends of justice, making him a criminal. Anyone got any idea of if this is true.
Anonymous User - 2009-01-29 09:48
ha ha ha sorry piggies no more bonouses for you ha ha ha
Anonymous User - 2009-01-30 19:23
here in the uk they are sold as 'automatic garage door openers' and as long as you can prove that it opens your garage door (and they do), you cannot be prosecuted. very clever. also, the one i know of only blocks the laser for 5 seconds and alerts the driver to slow down, then allows the signal through again so that the cops don't think anything is wrong LOL
Anonymous User - 2009-01-30 20:05
Would like to know myself. I have one fitted to each one of my vehicles and found the most that ever happened is that i had to pay a R1000-00 cash "spotfine". Usually on instruction of the fat dude in the caravan at roadblocks. If anyone is interested i will set up a blogg and we can get some legal opinions on the matter.
NCL - 2009-01-31 08:55
To fit it to your car is not illegal, but to use it, is. The distributors explained it as a device to warn you and give you enough time to adjust your speed to the legal required speed. By the time the speed camera lock on, you are save in the legal range, but looks like some people do not know what it's there for. It is looking for trouble to use it while driving past the cops.
Anonymous User - 2009-02-03 08:53
to ha ha ha well my mate if we were getting bonusses for procecuting you beleive me you, your joker would have been in jail long ago