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2014-06-11 12:00

‘DETER IRRESPONSIBLE DRIVERS’ The chief magistrate of the Western Cape believes that an increase in road and traffic fines will “no doubt deter” irresponsible and dangerous driving. Image: Shutterstock/Leonard Zhukovsky


Letters and comments continue to pour in to Wheels24 after our report on Tuesday (June 11 2014) that traffic fines in the Western Cape will increase considerably from August 2014.

Donald Grant, provincial minister for transport and public works, reported that as part of the department’s “Winter Blitz” programme traffic fines would in some cases triple in an attempt to curb irresponsible driving.

According to the department: “The threat of these fines will deter drivers from engaging in irresponsible and dangerous behaviour."

Wheels24 reader ASHRAF SAMPSON shared his thoughts:

This is ludacris, the system fails due to the simple fact that most, if not all, South Africans view traffic officers as "them."

In most countries ‘officers’ are respected and in turn are helpful but in SA the word "officer" is synonymous to "oppressor" as the on the rare occasion the commonfolk interact with an officer he or she has been ripped-off or is being ripped-off by an officer.

How different things would be if SA officers were actually "public servants" as initially intended?

Instead of trying to rip-off the people, they should enforce road safety with the points demerit system that was discussed but never implemented. No cash, no room for corruption, no seeing traffic officers as the enemy.

Click here for a full list of the traffic fine increases.
Click here to read the full Western Cape law offence code (pre-August 2014 increase)

More reader responses:
Sky-high traffic fines: Readers respond
Reader: Traffic fine increase 'pointless'

What do you think of the proposed fine increases? Do you think they will deter irresponsible drivers? What do you think should be done to curb road deaths? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24.

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