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2013-01-17 13:52

LEGITIMATE SANCTION: According to the Road Traffic Act of 1996, traffic police are with thier rights to fine driver with parts of their bodies, elbows included, protruding from their vehicles.

BLOEMFONTEIN - A University of the Free State lecturer has been fined R300 for resting his elbow on the windowsill of his bakkie while driving on the N1 highway near Bloemfontein.

Volksblad reports that Antonie Pool (33), was pulled over and fined for having his arm out of the open window the vehicle.

Pool said two officers inspected his bakkie for faults but found nothing wrong.

BREAKING THE LAW

He said: "After their inspection yielded nothing, one of the officers said he was going to fine me for having my arm out of the car. I tried to explain that it was hot and I had no air-conditioning, but he didn’t want to know.

"His colleague asked him if he was really going to write the ticket."

A spokesperson for the transport department explained that the officers had acted within the law, as the Road Traffic Act of 1996 states that "no body part of a driver or passenger may protrude from a vehicle".

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