Check any speed camera-based traffic fines you receive, warns Justice Project SA
Johannesburg - Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has warned vehicle owners to check any speed camera-based traffic fines they receive.
JPSA chair Howard Dembovsky said “capture errors” were causing motorists to be incorrectly charged with infringements and criminal offences.
“In one recent case, a motorist faced a criminal charge because the location of the infringement was incorrectly recorded.”
In that instance, the motorist was on a freeway, travelling at 134km/h in a 120km/h zone and should have received an infringement notice for exceeding the 120km/h limit by 14km/h. The image shows his vehicle on the freeway. However, the location at which the violation was alleged to have occurred was given as an urban road several kilometres away, in an 80km/h zone.
“Using the incorrect location, the motorist was no longer alleged to have been just 14km/h over the speed limit, but a massive 54km/h over it.
“Exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h in an urban area is automatically classified as a criminal offence and triggers a mandatory court appearance.
“For this reason, it is essential that the authorities record the location of an alleged violation correctly, both to prevent spurious criminal charges like in this case, but also to ensure genuine traffic offenders are brought to book.” |