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RTMC cracks down on reckless and negligent driving in SA

The RTMC has warned motorists that reckless and negligent driving in South Africa will not be tolerated this holiday season.

14-12-23 17:49
The REAL reason why AARTO traffic rules have not gone ahead
Phase two of the AARTO traffic rules rollout has been postponed indefinitely. Here’s why. Photo: AARTO.

Reckless and negligent driving in South Africa is top of mind for traffic authorities across the country this festive season. The Road Traffic Management Council (RTMC) and Provincial Mobility MEC of the Western Cape, Ricardo Mackenzie, have both warned of strong sanctions. Speeding, drunken driving, and reckless and negligent driving in South Africa will not be tolerated.

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As part of the RTMC crackdown, more than 580 traffic officers have been put onto the street in the Western Cape, reports EWN. While no death is acceptable on the roads, the Western Cape has seen death rates moving in the right direction. 131 deaths in the 2022/23 festive season is down from 207 over the 2021/2022 period.

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RTMC TACKLES RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENT DRIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA

reckless and negligent driving in South Africa
Reckless and negligent driving in South Africa will not be tolerated this festive season, says authorities. Picture: File.

Part of the crackdown, says Mackenzie, is the use of technology to identify errant vehicles and drivers. “With our speed over distance cameras, we will readily identify motorists driving at 130 km/h and beyond. Anything over the legal limit and users will be pulled from the road,” said Mackenzie.

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Below are all the reckless and negligent fines and the demerit points that go with them under AARTO law that comes into effect in 2024. These are some of the strictest sanctions of all:

Violation Fine   Points
Reckless driving  Court 6
Inconsiderate drivingR2500
Driving under the influence Court6
Blood alcohol level for:
Driver not less than 0,05 g per 100 mlCourt6
PrDP driver not less than 0,02 g per 100 mlCourt6
Breath alcohol level for:
Driver not less than 0,24 mg per 1 000 mlCourt6
PrDP driver not less than 0,10 mg per 1 000 mlCourt6
Smoked before blood/breath test  R1 2504
Refusing to give blood or breath sample R1 5005

There are currently 2 659 offences listed on the AARTO website, including their fines and associated demerit points. You can find a full list of them HERE.

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