There are several traffic offences for which you can be arrested in South Africa, including exceeding the speed limit.
If a driver is found to be over the general speed limit or a speed limit prescribed by signs by a certain amount, they will be arrested and charged with a criminal offence.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operating a vehicle recklessly may also result in the driver being arrested and charged.
When you are fined, and when you are arrested
The speed limit on a road in South Africa is normally specified by a sign alongside that road.
If no sign is present, then the general speed limits are:
- 60km/h on every public road in an urban area.
- 100km/h on every public road situated outside an urban area excluding a freeway.
- 120km/h on every freeway.
A grace of 10km/h of the posted speed limit may be applied by law enforcement before they would consider issuing a ticket for speeding.
Dembovsky said the 10km/h grace arises out of prosecution directives, and is there to cater for natural speed fluctuations and speedometer inaccuracy.
He stated that motorists must not take this to mean that the speed limit is 10km/h faster than the posted speed.
Fixed speed cameras on any road – including the freeway – are set to go off when you drive 11km/h or more over the speed limit due to these prosecution directives, he said.
Drivers will be arrested and criminally charged for speeding if they:
- Exceed the speed limit by more than 30km/h on a public road within an urban area.
- Exceed the speed limit by more than 40km/h outside of an urban area or on a freeway.
“Upon their conviction, their driving licence must be suspended for a minimum period of 6 months upon first conviction, 5 years upon second conviction, and 10 years upon third and subsequent convictions,” said Dembovsky.