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Traffic officers confiscate cellphones

At least half a dozen Cape Town motorists have had their cell phones confiscated on Thursday.

A Cape Town motorist is pulled over on 5 July 2012 during a crackdown on cell phones in cars. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - At least half a dozen Cape Town motorists had their cell phones confiscated on Thursday.

Traffic officials began enforcing the city's new Cellphone By-law.

If a motorist is caught chatting or texting on their phone, while driving, their mobiles will be confiscated for 24 hours.

They will also have to fork out a R500 a fine.

The Nelson Mandela Boulevard was jam-packed with traffic as officials pulled over motorists after spotting them fiddling with their cellphones.

One woman in her BMW looked confused as officers started writing out her fine, but eventually she complied before removing her SIM card, and reluctantly handing over her device.

She will only be able to it from the Gallows Hill Traffic Department on Friday.

Cape Town Councillor JP Smith said they have to make the by-law work as the Road Traffic Management Corporation may want to encourage other municipalities to implement the law.

Authorities believe this will help reduce road accidents.