Pay fine or be confined

BE a responsible citizen and make an effort to ensure you pay your traffic fine for the offence you committed.

The City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) has for some time now ensured that convenient facilities are available to traffic offenders to pay fines electronically. Over and above, websites exist where one can pay a traffic fine in the comfort of one’s home or office and each and every town in CoE has a walk-in office where payments can be made.

In the event that you feel a traffic fine was unfairly issued, several recourse measures are available. You can submit a written representation, see a senior public prosecutor or contest the fine in court. Ignoring the fine and hoping that it will disappear is unwise as a magistrate could issue a warrant of arrest thus leading to your arrest or you forking out a huge unbudgeted amount to stay out of jail.

On October 29 between 9am and 1.30pm at the intersection of Overbury and Swartkoppies Roads in Alberton, 21 drivers with warrants of arrests for unpaid traffic fines, were detained and compelled to dig deep into their pockets to pay a total of R17 600 to avoid sleeping in police cells.

A further 28 other drivers wisely paid their outstanding fines on site – with no warrants issued – totalling R15 520 to ensure they were on the safe side of the law.

The EMPD implores motorists to periodically check the status of their traffic fines to avoid undesirable consequences.

*Press release supplied by chief superintendent Wilfred Kgasago.

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David Pienaar
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