Cape Town car-texters to forfeit phones, fork out R500

Cape Town motorists caught talking or texting on their cellphone will be fined R5 000 and have their phone confiscated. (AFP)

Cape Town motorists caught talking or texting on their cellphone will be fined R5 000 and have their phone confiscated. (AFP)

As of today, Cape Town motorists caught talking or texting on their cellphone will be fined R500 and have their phones confiscated.

The Cape Times reported on Monday that the new bylaw, in effect from today, formed part of the provincial road safety campaign to cut road deaths in half by 2014.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said Cape Town was the only city where the road death toll was decreasing steadily, from 1 739 deaths in 2008 to 1 321 in 2011.

Confiscated cellphones could be collected at the Gallow Hills Traffic Department in Green Point after 24 hours. Motorists would have to show their identity books.

According to the report, phones would be sealed in a box and people given a serial number. – Sapa

* A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the fine, when caught on their cellphone, was R5 000. It is, in fact, R500.

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