9 Traffic Offenses That Could Land You In Jail This Christmas


It’s Christmas and along with the merry making, some people will commit traffic offenses and hope to get away with it because after all, its Christmas. People are going to be coming home to SA from all over the world and as such, there is the need to remind everyone that the Police and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) will be on the strict look out for anyone who would want to disrupt or create chaos by not adhering to traffic rules in any way.

To better make the public understand that the Road Traffic Management Corporation is out to do its job properly in this holiday season, RTMC has issued out a strict warning to all motorists who would be plying any and all roads in SA, that they will be arrested on the spot if found violating any traffic rule or even driving in any way that may be construed as criminal this festive season.

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CEO advocate Makhosini Msibi told journalists that traffic fines were not a strong enough deterrent. He made it clear that if they should go go by fines alone, people will knowingly break the rule and gladly pay the fine involved. So to let people know that it is not just about the money, Msibi said that other than the fine, the offender would first be arrested on spot and locked up after which the fines would then take effect.

To that effect, he listed out the following as the offences that will result in immediate arrest:

  • Driving without a licence;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt;
  • Using an unroadworthy vehicle;
  • Using an unregistered vehicle or having an expired licence disc;
  • Exceeding the speed limit;
  • Overtaking on a barrier line;
  • Driving though a red traffic light;
  • Not having number plates on each end of the vehicle.

“Make no mistake, we are going to be arresting people,” Msibi said

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