Tag Archives: Traffic

Street Sunset

There was quite an impressive sunset last night. I couldn’t be anywhere that I could take any really nice shots so this one taken from my car by cell phone will have to do.

Sunset with traffic

Truck Crash

While on the way to and from dropping my son off at work I snapped these photos of the aftermath of a truck crash. The way the Armco barrier has entered the cab right where the driver would be doesn’t bode well for him, but I have no information other than what can be seen in the photos.

Accident scene
Accident scene
Accident scene
Accident scene

Licensing Department – The Joy and the Sorrow

With all the woes of the new eNaTIS system implementation, it’s pleasing to note that not everyone is experiencing the problems that many are. Michelle had a great experience the other day; Nic on the other hand, not so much.



See the smiling roadhog. See the smiling roadhog cross the line. See the smiling roadhog push the other car to the yellow line. Push roadhog push. Smile roadhog smile.

Sadly this is an all too common behaviour on South African roads.

Shocking Stuff

A friend sent me this photo, which I found very moving. He had in turn received it from someone else but I have been unable to find it or information about it on the web. I did find some information about organisations staging fake prom-related crashes to teach school children about the dangers involved in drinking and driving. After looking at this image again I wondered if this image might be from one of those demonstrations. In any case it is still a very powerful image. If anyone has any further information about the situation depicted here, I would be most interested to hear about it.


In case you haven’t got the message yet, cars are dangerous, and drinking and driving kills!

Bureaucratic Idiocy

I try to be a good driver, be courteous and stick to the speed limit.  Of course like any South African I do speed a little and occasionally I get a speeding ticket.  I think I have only had five or so in the 24 years I’ve been driving.

Anyway, I received one of my rare speeding tickets in the mail a few days ago and the way these things work is quite ridiculous.  I was caught by a camera trap while on my way home and the trap was only three or four kilometres from my home.  But there is only one place that I may pay it, at the Parow traffic department.  Parow is in Cape Town, around 40 kilometres from where I live and was caught speeding.  I don’t go into Cape Town very often, so why I should have to go there to pay a fine is beyond me.  Fortunately I can mail in a cheque, which is what I’ve done.  But what if I had been here on holiday and having returned home I receive a ticket through the mail and for some reason the mail was delayed so there is not enough time to mail a cheque before the due date?  Would I have to return to Cape Town to pay my fine, or wait to be summonsed to appear in court, in Cape Town?

In years gone by you could pay a fine at any police station, no matter where the ticket was issued.  Why this is no longer possible, when there are more forms of electronic communication linking everywhere is really beyond me.