An administrative case was filed against a 30-year-old racer after he had whirled in his Mercedes by the N1 toward Bloemfontein at 222 kmh on Wednesday.
According to the Gauteng department for community safety, the man was caught travelling in a silver Mercedes Benz GLE AMG and told officers he was rushing to Bloemfontein. The traffic police arrested him onsite.
The racer will face the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court trial on Thursday. The charges under two articles of careless driving and exceeding the general speed limit will be brought against the defendant.
MEC of community safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane is urging every keen car enthusiast to be more responsible on the road. He has also appealed to law enforcement representatives “to deal decisively with motorists who disobey the rules of the road”.
“As Gauteng city region, we will intensify the patrol of freeways, streets and public places in clearly marked vehicles as an available means for the prevention of road traffic violations,” Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said.
There are two other speeding incidents placed on record in December. Both speed limit violation cases were reported on the N1 highway, involving BMW X5 at 208 kmh and Chevrolet Lumina SS at 214 kmh. Both drivers are over forty years old.
The statistics announced by the Transport minister Blade Nzimande revealed that road deaths had increased by 16% to 767 between December 1 and 18, 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year.