From today onwards, motorists caught using their mobile phones (without a hands free kit) while driving can expect a fine of up to R5000 as well as having their device confiscated for 24 hours.
Traffic officials will start enforcing the new bylaw which comes into effect today, 2 July 2012.
I swear there are few things that make me angrier than people (especially women in large SUV’s along the Atlantic Seaboard that i see on daily basis driving with their heads looking down at a mobile phone ) using their cellphones while driving.
“The city’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, warned that traffic officials will be out in force enforcing the by-law throughout the city, and those caught can expect their cellphones to be confiscated for 24 hours and to pay a fine of R5 000.”
“Smith said confiscated cellphones could be collected at the vehicle pound at Gallows Hill Traffic Department, Point, after 24 hours.
Motorists would have to produce an identity document when collecting phones.
Phones would be kept in special boxes which would be sealed in front of the motorist. Each motorist would be issued with a serial number corresponding to that on the box containing his or her phone.” [Cape Times]
You’ll apparently be allowed to remove your SIM card and switch off your device before handing it over.
About time they stopped the f**kery of driving while on your cellphone. Hopefully this stops it.
Well done City Of Cape Town…hint, put a couple of officers along High Level Road and Main Road in Sea Point. You’ll have a field day.
[thanks @GeoffChisnall ]
UPDATE: apparently its not R5000 and SAPA have issued a correction saying that the fine would be R500. I can’t find any official statement so if someone has a link please post it or send it shot.