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Speedster's camera jamming bust

2013-01-07 08:17

JOHANNESBURG- A man was arrested after he was found in possession of a speed jamming machine along the N3 in Heidelberg, reports Gauteng traffic police.

Spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo stated: "He was stopped on Saturday (January 5) after the speed machine used by traffic officials failed to detect the speed he was travelling in. The equipment was found in the car."

HEADED TO COURT

Nxumalo said the equipment prevented the detection of the speed a vehicle was travelling at.

The man was charged with defeating the ends of justice. He is expected to appear in the Heidelberg Magistrate's Court in January 2013.

SAPA

Comments
  • chris.shield - 2013-01-07 09:07

    I hope a hotshot lawyer sees this and takes the case pro bono, these things are perfectly legal throughout the civilised world. We don't need a bad precedent being set. Get out from behind those bridge pillars you lazy swines!!

      tshepo083 - 2013-01-07 11:04

      I'm with you on this one, we need visible policing and not "hide and seek" policing. Damn vultures

      jango.za - 2013-01-07 12:12

      Fully Agree!

  • colin.ashby.35 - 2013-01-07 12:23

    if i get a fine from these guys sitting in the middle of the highway, i will go to court and say that the fines were obtained illegally. why?because its illegal for people to walk across the highway. which is what the cops do.

      jarques.cloete - 2013-01-07 12:32

      It seems they are allowed to perform illegal action in the normal perming of their duties but not us so in other words they are above the law - while we are not. It is like asking JZ to be the judge is Shabir Shakes trial! It seems more people are more equal in the eye of the law than other people! And the weird thing is that they get away with it on a daily basis!

  • jarques.cloete - 2013-01-07 12:23

    We must remember: They are there to make money for the government coffers and not there to ensure public safety and the law! Jeez what are you thinking! They are making money of crime so it stands to reason that the government in itself is a crime-family and it is the original organised crime!!!

  • gideon.langart - 2013-01-07 12:37

    Well first they have to prove that the equipment did in fact jam anything, which means sending it ti the SABS. Then they have to prove that he did in fact deploy the machines, should it in fact jam as opposed to detect. Then they have to prove that the operator was qualified, that their equipment was calibrated and that it was checked every hour. Unlikely.

      terence.james.509 - 2013-01-07 16:47

      hey guys the cameras indicate when they are jammed, then they take a pic, just no speed, remember if you do not speed they cannot fine you, does not matter where they sit, they then would be wasting their time and MAKING NOTHING. we give them the opportunity to make a fortune and then try to justify it by saying they hide away, if we speed we will pay, drive the speed limit and they can't catch us, simple!

  • dtangocci - 2013-01-07 12:59

    Where can I get such equipment :)

      mogo.naut - 2013-01-09 11:41

      Probably SAPS XD

  • pvuuren - 2013-01-07 15:58

    If it is possible to manufacture detection/jamming devices, why don't these companies build a device that projects a pre-set speedsignal in stead? in which case if you travel at 160kph, old speedcop only sees 120kph on his radar screen, its not as if they really know what they're doing...

  • markus.ippy - 2013-01-07 16:03

    @ChrisX these devices are not perfectly legal in the civilized world . There is a difference between a detector and a jammer . In parts of the world detectors are fine as it leads to the goal of the driver slowing down in the same way as visible policing does . But I don't know of a country of my hand where jammers are legal , as it does render the police equipment useless . Please provide some facts on countries where jammers are in fact legal

      chris.shield - 2013-01-11 10:35

      As far as I'm aware they are legal in most US states and arent specifically banned in the UK either. Same story as here, they charge you with defeating the ends of justice but can't prove that you were speeding without getting a reading. At the end of the day, police should out catching people for crossing solid white lines, overtaking on the left and hogging the right hand lane, these are the kinds of things that cause accidents. Doing 200km/h on an empty stretch of highway is not dangerous, overtaking on a blind rise or weaving between traffic is!

  • justin.bekker - 2013-01-07 16:38

    Stuff them! Government's on about speed speed speed but when last was there an accident caused as a DIRECT result of speed?? Drunk driving, driving with a bought license or no licence at all, people not stopping at stop streets, skipping red lights, pedestrians on highways, changing lanes without indicating, changing lanes with out looking even, idiots travelling on a highway below on the speed limit in the fast lane.. Did you know that you're more at risk of having an accident travelling at 90km/h or lower on a highway with a speed limit of 120km/h than a person doing 140km/h on that same highway? Why? Because people actually doing the speed limit have to brake hard for said idiot doing 90 or lower and often can't brake enough in time. Also factor in that said idiot will be on the righthand side of the highway, on the phone and changing to the fast lane to overtake other idiots going slower than him/her. But why does government pump out propaganda about how speed kills? Because speed = money in their fat greedy hands

  • johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2013-01-07 17:08

    Ek dink die die verkeersowerhede en hulle werknemers is die grootste lafaards. Hoekom trek hulle nie die oortreder af en beboet hom daar en dan nie? (Seker bang hulle kry slae!!) Die metode is onwettig omdat hulle nie 'n boete per pos kan stuur nie. Wie gaan dit aflewer.

  • Sthere - 2013-01-07 18:48

    wonder where he got it.....

  • Kwashic - 2013-01-08 08:25

    To his lawyer.... to defeat the ends of justice, there has to be injustice first right? Some crime has to have been committed. Which is what? They didnt get his speed so how do they know he was committing any crime. There was no certainty a crime was committed. So all they can charge him with is possession of the device, if thats a crime in itself. Nevertheless speed jammers should be illegal.... but police signal detectors should be legal. it would be even better if they could design solar powered speed limit signals that devices in cars could detect and warn the driver if he is speeding above the limit, especially in accident hot spots.

  • leonch - 2013-01-08 16:38

    In South Africa detectors are legal, the cops don't like it and it falls under the right to information act but must also give a undesired operation ie pricing up a cell tower or infrared door sensor. How ever units that jam are illegal and I know of fines up to R5000 for having the device. I do believe that trapping is another weigh to tax people as they offer a discount if you actually pay them so I get the impression is more a money making business t

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