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A conviction and sentence for illegal-drag racing has come nearly two years after the motorist was arrested.

The City of Cape Town is delighted with the outcome of a court case involving a motorist who was arrested on a charge of reckless and negligent driving.

The man was arrested in June 2014 in Athlone after officers chased him down during an illegal street race. Now, nearly two years later, the case has been finalised with a guilty verdict. The magistrate handed down a sentence of R3 000 or 30 days imprisonment, plus a further six months direct imprisonment suspended for five years, on condition that the accused is not found guilty of the same offence during the period of suspension. His licence has also been revoked for a six-month period.‘This is a very significant judgment because sanctions for these offences are hard to come by and cases can drag on for years in some instances, which means that the prospect of being caught is hardly an effective deterrent. So I’m very satisfied by this outcome because, if nothing else, it shows that there are consequences for motorists who continue to use public roads for their personal amusement,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

In an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Montague Gardens and Paarden Eiland on Sunday 1 May 2016, the City’s Traffic Service arrested three motorists for reckless and negligent driving and three others for drunk driving. Officers recorded an additional 2 149 transgressions, including a motorist who was clocked doing 162 km/h on FW De Klerk Boulevard.

The City’s Integrated Roadblock Unit meanwhile arrested six motorists for drunk driving in Diep River and Langa and issued 25 fines. The Metro Police Department arrested seven motorists during patrols in Macassar, Khayelitsha, Milnerton and Voortrekker Road. Officers also caught 23 suspects in possession of illegal narcotics including mandrax, tik, heroin and dagga.

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