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  • Hibberdene | Port Shepstone | Shelly Beach | Margate | Ramsgate | Southbroom | Port Edward

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    >> It is illegal to ask a

    motorist to pay

    a fine at a road block

    CANDYCE KRISHNA

    >>news2@feveronline.co.za

    I

    F you are amotorist who has out-

    standing speeding fines, rest as-

    sured that nobody not even a

    trafficorpoliceofficercanforceyou

    topay themata roadblock.Theyalso

    cannot threaten to confiscate your

    licence or detain you until you pay.

    Freek Stander, senior public pro-

    secutor at the Port Shepstone court,

    said the only instance when a

    motorist can be arrested at a road

    block in respect of a traffic offence is

    if there is a warrant of arrest out for

    him or her.

    The Port Shepstone court deals

    withupto300casesrelatingtospeed-

    ing fines in a month alone. However,

    this only relates to spot fines and not

    camera-speed fines as the Hibiscus

    Coast Municipality has yet to issue

    summonss to violators.

    It is illegal toaskamotorist topay

    a fine at a road block. A drivers

    licence also cannot be confiscated at

    a road block.Motorists need to know

    these rights, said Stander.

    He said when a notice of infringe-

    ment is issued, the driver must read

    through the document and check if

    there are any discrepancies he or

    she wishes to bring to theattention

    of the local municipality.

    If therearenone, the finemustbe

    paid or else a summons to appear in

    court will be issued.

    According to Stander the

    summons may be served personally

    to the accused at a residence or place

    of work. If the accused is unavaila-

    ble, the summons can be handed to a

    person over the age of 16 to accept.

    There are occasionally defects in

    the documents issued by a traffic

    officer, but motorists must under-

    stand that not all mistakes affect the

    legality of the document. For

    example, an incorrect licence

    number will not render the fine

    defective. That can be amended by

    the prosecutor before the accused

    pleads.

    Once you have received a sum-

    mons, you must go to court.

    He added there have been cases

    where the motorist argued that the

    issue of the fine itself was irregular

    or illegal, or factually incorrect.

    A prosecutor usually does not

    make a judgment call on the facts as

    to whether the motorist committed

    theoffenceornot.It isthecourtsdeci-

    sion to determine whether the

    accused is guilty or not, based on

    evidence.

    The Hibiscus Coast Municipality

    was asked to comment on:

    Why are summonss not issued

    to motorists trapped by speed

    cameras?

    Howmuch does the HCM collect

    in camera-speed fines in a year?

    Howmuchof thatamount ispaid

    toTrafficManagementTechnologies,

    the speed camera company contract-

    ed to HCM?

    Despite being given sufficient

    time,HCMhadnot repliedat the time

    of going to press.

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  • Obey road rules SAPS

    T

    HREE people sustained

    minor injuries in a car acci-

    dent on Monday at about

    6pm at the traffic-light intersec-

    tion at Rethman Drive in Umtent-

    weni. Only anaccident reportwas

    opened at Port Shepstone police

    station.

    In another accident on Tues-

    day, which took place at the same

    time, a 15-year-old girl was killed

    when she was knocked dow by a

    vehicle in Murchison.

    A culpable homicide docket

    was opened.

    The number of motor vehicle

    accidents on the South Coast is

    alarming, said police spokesper-

    son Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra

    Wiid.

    We [SAPS] have found that in

    some cases motorist show a total

    disregard to adhere to speed

    limits.

    They ignore traffic lights, dou-

    ble barriers and overtake where

    theyarenotsupposedto,sheadd-

    ed.

    She said the proper following

    distance is also blatantly ignored.

    We appeal to all motorists to

    follow the rules of the road and

    have consideration for other road

    users. Supplied.

    PHOTO: SUPPLIED

    Three people were injured in a car accident in Umtentweni on Monday.

    CANDYCE KRISHNA

    >>news2@feveronline.co.za

    A PORT Shepstone woman, who com-

    plained to the Hibiscus Coast Muncipal-

    ity about being mistreated at the

    licensing office, is livid as she has not

    received any feedback.

    Reyna Joubert sent an e-mail to the

    municipal manager of the department

    and others in April.

    After waiting for over a month, she

    then asked the Fever to intervene.

    On 27 May the Fever sent e-mails to

    three people in the municipalitys com-

    munications department for which

    read receipts were received, but no-

    body responded.

    The e-mails spoke of the treat-

    mentwereceivedfromGuguwhoworks

    at the inquiries counter of the licensing

    section.

    Pieter and I made a phone query

    whether our licence cards had arrived

    and were assured we could collect

    them at the office, said Joubert.

    After waiting in a line of about six

    people, Gugu took the receipts and

    went to a filing cabinet at the back,

    pulled open a drawer and then leaned

    on the cabinet and had a conversation

    with a lady in the cubicle next door who

    was putting on make-up. We asked for

    attention.

    The woman returned to the coun-

    ter and said that if we did not like the

    way she served us we could go down the

    road to another office to fetch our

    cards.

    Joubert said Gugu then produced

    two huge bundles of documents and

    went through them slowly, while rant-

    ing on about not having to serve us.

    Joubert then went to look for her

    supervisor, but was told that Kevin

    Smithwick was not there.

    One of the staff phoned him. He

    said he was on his way back. I went back

    to the inquiries counter and this lady

    was still arguing with Pieter. Only when

    I told her I was dialling Mr Smithwicks

    number did she suddenly pull out our

    cards.

    Surely the rates we pay ever