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.