- The City of Cape Town wants to punish motorists who text and drive by taking away their phones
- The plan is to donate the phones to charity
- Despite the dangers of driving and using a phone, many South Africans continue to do so
In an effort to promote safer roads, the City of Cape Town wants to take the phones of motorists driving and texting, and donate it to charity.
IOL News reports that the city plans to give these confiscated phones to NGOs, neighbourhood watches and non-profit organisations, should it get its way and implement such a law.
The taking of phones was one of the priorities of the city's traffic by-law, and it was now amended to include that phones should be donated.
Many may see this law as an infringement on the personal property of Cape Town citizens, but it reflects the desperation of the situation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that it is possible that there will be chances for drivers to get their phones back if it was confiscated - the donation won't happen automatically.
It seems that Johannesburg isn't keen on adopting this approach, despite also struggling with high numbers of drivers using phones while operating vehicles.
Michael Sun, Johannesburg’s MMC for Public Safety, says:
"While we agree that the challenge of distracted driving remains one we deal with on a daily basis, the City of Joburg would have to evaluate the specific context in which Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) operates before deciding on the feasibility of adopting a similar approach."
"We will adopt a conservative approach and study the process before making a formal determination."
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