claidheamhmor: (Mondeo Ghia)
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The traffic here in Joburg is notoriously bad, not to mention dangerous.

Here are a couple of interesting stats to do with enforcement of traffic law in the Joburg metro area:
  • Over 99% of all fines issues are for speeding, from speed cameras. Almost no moving offences are caught.
  • Only 13% of all fines issues are paid by the infringers.
  • If someone doesn't pay a fine, there are no criminal penalties.
  • There are over R2 billion (just under $200m) in unpaid fines in Joburg and Pretoria.
Those post brought to you in memory of all the people stuck in rush hour traffic this morning.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:18 (UTC)
cracked_belle: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cracked_belle
well, I know that if people around here (Louisiana, USA) get fined via a speed camera and don't paid, said tickets are sent to a collections agency. if there's just one or two tickets to a name, nothing much is done. but after three-ish or more, the collections agency gets on the speeders ass.

Date: Monday, 16 September 2013 13:09 (UTC)
cracked_belle: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cracked_belle
so then, what are the repercussions for not paying a fine?

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:33 (UTC)
cracked_belle: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cracked_belle
mew? that seems somewhat ineffective...

Date: Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:20 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jadedflame
Also, by law, a lot of the fines issued are "illegal" in that they don't fit the criteria of a legal fine... there are so many silly little rules that go with speed fines, that it's near impossible to make them valid. Like the camera has to be serviced in the last 6 months, the picture must have ONLY your car in it, and you must be able to clearly see both tyres and the road on either side of it, as well as a whole bunch of other stuff.

A lot of people don't pay their speeding fines because they know that they probably aren't going to get a court summons for not paying because when it gets to the point of issuing a summons, the criteria for the photo is valid, so it gets thrown out :\

It's all rather stupid...

Date: Thursday, 12 September 2013 19:17 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I tried to find the stats for Washington but so far am only able to come up with one for the USA which states:

One in every six drivers will receive a speeding ticket each year.

Over 95% of people who receive a speeding ticket will pay the fine and not contest the citation.

The average fine costs around $150, but in some states, a driver can be fined up to $2000 or more depending on the state where the offense occurred.


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