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It has been a busy weekend for members of the province’s traffic police’s high-speed unit – they arrested eight speedsters on Gauteng roads.
On Saturday a 36-year-old man was arrested on the N4 near the Mabopane Highway outside Pretoria, for allegedly driving at 183km/h in the 120km/h zone.
He is a general manager at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and was driving a Volvo S60.
He told police he was on his way to visit his father in hospital and was on a tight schedule to return to Nelson Mandela Bay for the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and the Kings.
Gauteng traffic police spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo said the man was arrested on the spot and taken to the Akasia police station where he was formally charged with reckless and negligent driving with an alternative charge of exceeding the speed limit of 120km/h.
He was released and was due to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
A 32-year-old taxi owner from Mamelodi East was arrested on the N4 Platinum highway outside Pretoria for allegedly travelling at 182km/h in a 120km/h zone on Saturday. He was driving a VW Golf 4 and said he was on his way to visit a friend.
Nxumalo said the taxi owner had been arrested and taken to the Akasia police station where a case of reckless and negligent driving had been opened against him, with an alternative charge of exceeding the speed limit of 120km/h.
He was also expected to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Nxumalo said the high-speed unit focused on a zero-tolerance approach throughout the province and operated day and night.
“High-speed offenders must take note, if you want to exceed the speed limits in Gauteng, you must be willing to face the consequences,” she said. - Pretoria News