Ndebele urges police to end illegal drag racing

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has called on law enforcement agencies to put an end to illegal drag racing. 

Ndebele's call comes after three people died last night after taking part in an illegal drag race along Voortrekker road in Pretoria.

"Law enforcement officers are expected to know where these illegal drag races are taking place, and must stop it even before it starts. If we have to confiscate vehicles, we must do it. If it means that the driving licences of those participating in these illegal races must be suspended and/or cancelled, it must be done.

"We are calling upon law enforcement agencies to do everything possible to put an end to illegal drag racing, especially in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. We will even assist to arrange legal races, but illegal drag racing will not be tolerated and those who engage in such activities must face the full might of the law," he said. 

The minister also conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed in the horrific crash in Voortrekker Road in Pretoria last night. 

"We urge the public to get involved in the fight against illegal drag racing and to report it immediately. We also welcome initiatives such as those by LeadSA and other formations against illegal drag racing," he said. 

The newly launched National Traffic Intervention Unit will join forces with the Department of Justice and Asset Forfeiture Unit in finding a possible way of impounding illegal racers' cars. - BuaNews

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