Gauteng Traffic Police have warned motorists against criminals placing spikes or objects on public roads with the intention of robbing them.
This comes after an increase in incidents of spikes placed strategically on the freeways by criminals.
Meanwhile, hard objects were in recent times thrown from overhead bridges resulting in motorists losing control of their vehicles, involved in unnecessary accidents and robbed of their belongings in the process.
“The modus operandi is that these criminals move from one area to the other where the roads are quiet to rob motorists of their hard-earned cash and other belongings. These incidents happen especially on Friday evenings and throughout the weekend between 6pm and 4am in the morning,” the Gauteng Traffic Police said.
Motorists are urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious movements on the freeways to the radio control room at 011 689 3712 or 011 689 3999 or alternatively they can contact the police at 0800 10111.
“The placing of spikes has resulted in many road users involved in unwarranted accidents and some even losing their lives through these ruthless acts. The Gauteng Traffic Police will continue to conduct law enforcement operations on Gauteng major routes and freeways, to ensure that anyone found placing an object is apprehended to face the full might of law,” Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson Sello Maremane said.
The following routes have been identified as hotspots for such acts:
- N4 Mpumalanga to Pretoria between Solomon Mahlangu and Watermeyer Offramp.
- N4 Pretoria to Mpumalanga between Bronkhorstspruit and Balmoral off-ramp.
- N1 Polokwane N4 Mpumalanga interchange in Pretoria.
- N4 to Rustenburg between R80 Mabopane Freeway and Brits plaza tollgate.
- Golden Highway.
- R21 Freeway from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria.
The following safety tips are to be followed as a precaution when a vehicle has been spiked.
- Never stop your vehicle if you had a puncture while spiked, instead drive slowly to the nearest garage while contacting Gauteng Traffic Police.
- If you are stopped by a traffic officer, demand to see their appointment certificate to verify if such an officer is employed by the relevant Traffic authority. In case the officer fails to produce his or her appointment certificate, take down the registration number of the patrol vehicle and report them immediately to the nearest police station.
- If your vehicle has had a complete break down on the road, remain in the vehicle with your car locked while seeking assistance.
- Do not allow any person to tow your vehicle without written permission.
- Should you realise that another motorist has been spiked in your presence kindly stop and give the necessary assistance.