Four mistakes that we make in communicating with the traffic police in South Africa


Each motorist was stopped at least once by a traffic police officer. Most often, such “meetings” are associated with checking documents, “searching” for drunk drivers or preventive operations, during which inspectors verify compliance with the rules for transporting children. And, as a rule, a similar conversation ends with a “traffic cop” peacefully. However, communicating with traffic police, many drivers make mistakes that result in a fine or even deprivation of rights. We talk about what kind of mistakes are we talking about.


Getting out of the car

Remember: the driver has every right not to leave the car when communicating with the inspector. Even if the traffic police officer needs to inspect the car or he suspects that the driver is drunk. In these cases, he can only ask the motorist to go outside, but nothing more.

We give bribes

In no case do not offer the inspector money and do not agree if such an offer comes from him. Do not forget that under article 291 of the Criminal Code, you can face a fine of up to 500 thousand rands for giving a bribe to an official  , and this is only if its size has not exceeded 25 thousand. If the bribe was greater, the offender can face a millionth fine and imprisonment for up to 5 years. And do not doubt that the secret will become apparent: all vehicles of traffic police officers are equipped with recording devices. So any violation of the rules should be followed by a protocol and an official fine, and nothing else.

Make excuses

You should not start a conversation with the inspector first: perhaps he stopped you for a trivial verification of documents, and you are already convulsively telling him that you managed to overtake the truck before the start of the solid line or that you did not drink alcohol – just a bottle of cologne crashed in the car. So patiently listen to the traffic police before looking for arguments in their defense.


Rude and threatening

“Do you know who you contacted?” “I will shoot you on a cell phone.” “Show me your identity first!” All these phrases are united by one thing – this is not the best start to a conversation with the inspector. First , the traffic police officer knows the laws no worse than you, and secondly , courtesy in communicating with government officials can work real miracles.

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