For all the speed lovers travelling through the Free State, there will be no saving grace once you are stopped by traffic officials.
This after the diversion programme, which was designed to ensure that individuals learn and take responsibility for their mistakes, was taken away in the Free State.
The spokesperson for the Department of Police Roads and Transport, Hillary Mophethe, told OFM News that the issue of diversion is not a legislative matter. The programme was piloted to change a driver’s attitude, but what the department has found is that this did not change the driver’s speeding behaviour and this is the reason the programme has been stopped.
Mophethe further explained that any speed offender will be prosecuted, like any other offender, and the penalty will be decided through court proceedings by a magistrate after all parties have submitted their evidence.
Sazly Hartzenberg / OFM News