Breaking Traffic Laws: How Guilty Are You?

How often have you driven through an amber robot and gotten away with it? Is it once, or twice a day?

Not everybody drives with caution. Traffic laws are broken every day, and sometimes, without you even realising. The only time drivers are faced with the music is when they renew their license disk each year, and they’re instructed to pay hefty fines before this can be renewed.

If you’ve never been caught out before count yourself lucky. Here are a few misdemeanors that people commit every day – and their consequences:

  • Talking on your cell phone.

If you aren’t taking a call via Bluetooth, you shouldn’t be taking it at all. Talking on your cellphone while driving can get you a R2 500 fine if you’re caught by a police officer. Consequence: R2 500 fine. The choice is yours…pay R2 500, or call the person back once you’ve arrived at your destination.

  • Not wearing a seatbelt

There is no good reason why a driver should not wear a seatbelt. It takes less than three seconds to put on and adjusts to fit you, which ultimately makes it a better fit than your favourite jeans. Many drivers fail to wear a seatbelt which poses them as high risk to injury and death during the event of an accident.

Consequence: R500 fine

  • Skipping a red robot

Green means go, amber means slow and red means no. If drivers remembered those three crucial steps when approaching intersections, the world would be a better place. Driving without adhering to the traffic lights could land you into serious trouble.

Consequence: R2,000 fine

Claiming you forgot your license at home just won’t cut it. It is compulsory for every driver to have his/her license with them in case of a road block. Carrying your license and the car’s registration with you at all times is essential and should not be taken lightly. Ensure your license is attached to your car keys or on a lanyard around your neck if you’re afraid of misplacing it.

Consequence: ±R1000 fine

And the jackpot goes to:

  • Racing on a public road

Sometimes, one can get slightly carried away after watching an epic movie such as the Fast and Furious sequel or playing Grand Theft Auto. However, it is important to acknowledge that these are merely fictional games and movies and should not be practiced on public roads. Doing so can put you and other road users in danger.

Consequence: R3 000 fine

If you’ve been guiltily committing the aforementioned crimes then it’s important to note that continuing to do so can result in prosecution, paying a hefty fine or put your and other road user’s lives in danger.

The fines mentioned above have been reported through the Western Cape government and their amounts may differ between provinces.

Remember to be vigilant and assertive when driving and to ensure that your car is insured with a reputable insurance company .

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