The Gauteng Traffic Police’s excessive velocity unit arrested a person for travelling at 238km/h just outdoors of Pretoria close to the Murrayhill off-ramp this weekend.

“The speedster was caught in his Mercedes-Benz driving at an average speed of 238km/h in a prescribed maximum limit of 120km per hour,” mentioned Gauteng division of group security spokesperson Ofentse Morwane.

“The self-employed man claims he was late for a funeral in Limpopo.”

AA spokesperson Layton Beard mentioned there was no excuse.

“We consistently have a message of speed kills. If you take a look at the fatality statistics on our roads, this kind of factor speaks to that kind of behaviour.

“Clearly this particular person has no regard for his personal security and likewise no regard for the protection of some other folks on the street,” Beard mentioned.

“If he was involved in a crash at that speed with someone who was obeying the law by driving within the speed limit, the consequences could have been catastrophic.”

Beard mentioned even when hitting somebody whereas driving at “only” 60kmh, the implications had been extreme.

“It’s just multiplied at that speed. It’s extremely reckless, and an absolute disgrace. Whatever excuse is given is not good enough.”

The speedster was taken to the Hammanskraal Police Station the place he was formally charged with reckless driving, and another cost of exceeding the prescribed pace restrict of 120km/h on a freeway.

The person is predicted to seem within the Pretoria North Justice of the Peace Court docket this coming week. In keeping with the Street Visitors Administration Company’s 2017 State of Street Security Report, 14 050 fatalities – principally pedestrians and passengers in autos – had been killed on SA’s roads.

The RTMC additionally reported a 43% enhance (from 3 423 to five 984) in 2017 of pace arrests, principally in Gauteng and the Free State. Over the Easter weekend this yr, 510 folks died in collisions between March 29 to April 9.

This represents an enormous 14% increase when in comparison with the 449 fatalities in the identical interval final yr.

Final week, 9 folks died on Limpopo’s roads, six of whom had been killed in a single accident on Saturday.

As much as 20 folks had been reported by Netcare 911 as injured on KwaZulu-Natal roads. Two extra had been injured in Blouberg within the Western Cape.

In keeping with ER24, two folks died in separate hit and runs, whereas one other eight had been critically injured in incidents across the nation.

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