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Cape's crime combating machine helps net 162 drivers

by Luyanda Makapela
on 22 May 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

A combination of the latest crime combating machine and round-the-clock patrols in the last two weeks has helped the City of Cape Town's Metro Police arrest 162 suspects and issue thousands of spot fines for traffic law violations.

According to the Metro Police on Thursday, 3 400 vehicle patrols were dispatched around the city and 6 500 traffic fines were issued while 162 suspects were arrested during the operations.

Of the 162 arrests, 15 were attributed to the Morpho Touch machine.

The machine reads fingerprints and if a fingerprint matches the data that is on the system, the charges against and case number of the suspect will be reflected.

During these patrols, 673 people were searched for illegal substances and weapons.

The Metro Police's closed circuit television (CCTV) unit had 35 positive detections where information from the CCTV centre was relayed to patrols resulting in arrests or fines being issued.

According to the Metro Police among the fines issued, more than 2 000 were for unlicensed drivers and 1 680 unlicensed vehicles were pulled off the road.

The concern, however, was that 392 fines were issued to motorists and their passengers for not wearing a safety belt while 367 fines were issued for taxi related offences.

Roadblocks were set up across the metro and 67 motorists were arrested for drunken driving.

"The Metro Police will continue with high visibility patrols and there will be regular patrols and roadblocks as well as vehicle check points throughout the city in the next few weeks," said Metro Police spokesman Nowellen Petersen.

She said the city was tightening its grip on those who disregard the rules of the road or engage in illegal activities. - BuaNews


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