Traffic fines on the rise

Wednesday January 03, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
An increase in the number of police checkpoints has resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of fi nes handed to off ending motorists. PHOTO: File 18010104 An increase in the number of police checkpoints has resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of fi nes handed to off ending motorists. PHOTO: File 18010104

An increase in the number of police conducting traffic stop checks is yielding “significant” results in terms of fines, says police media consultant Trevor Pitt.

 

He says more offence notices are being issued for various infringements, including failure to produce required documentation, driving a motorcycle with no helmet, and speeding.

“Too many drivers are also being forbidden to drive because they are at risk on the road thanks to drinking alcohol.”

Pitt said the introduction of speed radar checks last year was also producing good results.

“Drivers are finding out the hard way that reduced speed zones are actually enforceable. Speed limit signs mean exactly that. While these measures will literally force drivers to wake up their ideas about compliance, it’s a tougher call to say whether this is starting to produce a change in the driving culture. Attitudinal change and shifting the mindsets around driving is likely to take time, and a multi-layered strategy.

“Time, however, is not on the side of innocent people who are at risk every day a drunk driver takes to the road, or every time a young speedster thinks it’s cool to drive fast, or a non-thinker strays off the level of concentration needed for our roads.

“The Police Service is intent on enforcing compliance with the law. Drivers can choose to be casual but the penalties will come. Unfortunately, the costs are not always monetary and no one wants to realise that it’s too late.”    - Release

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