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Middle-aged motorists fall foul of cellphone law

It turns out youth are not the main culprits when obeying the new cellphone bylaw.

Inspector Maxine Jordaan from the Gallows Hill Traffic Department in Cape Town demonstrates how a cellphone impounded under the city's new bylaw will be sealed and stored. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town traffic officials have confiscated nearly 100 cellphones since the start of July.

They have been enforcing the city of Cape Town's new Cellphone Bylaw.

If motorists are caught chatting or texting on their phones, they will have their devices impounded for 24 hours.

They will also be slapped with a R500 fine.

City of Cape Town Safety & Security mayoral committee member JP Smith said: "It's been a month and the project is still being done by specialised services within traffic. Within the next few weeks you will see the rest of the traffic and metro police dealing with the [impounding] of cellphones."

Smith said they have picked up an interesting trend in the age of most offenders.

"I looked at the age range in terms of their ID numbers and found that the bulk of the culprits are actually middle-aged. It's not the younger people because they know how to use hands-free kits."

A dozen impounded phones have yet to be collected.