Been caught speeding in the past few months? You'll want to read this...

Speed junkies caught by a particular make of speed-measuring device are being spared fines and possible jail term after the reliability of the machine was called into question.

Drivers captured by the Pro Laser 4 have had their cases withdrawn as Howard Dembovsky of the Justice Project South Africa explains.

The court found that the devices had not been calibrated by an independent laboratory.

Howard Dembovsky, Chair - Justice Project South Africa

Your calibration is vital in terms of establishing the reliability of the speed-measuring equipment.

Howard Dembovsky, Chair - Justice Project South Africa

No seal had been placed on the speed measuring equipment after the calibration was affected.

Howard Dembovsky, Chair - Justice Project South Africa

The fact it was not sealed puts it in question in respect of tampering...

Howard Dembovsky, Chair - Justice Project South Africa

Dembovsky says these issues would create a huge problem for the prosecution in speeding cases, who must prove a driver's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Been caught speeding in the past few months? You'll want to read this...


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