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CT wants stricter penalties for drag racers

The city is asking for help to crack down on illegal street racing after a traffic officer was hospitalised.

FILE: The city is asking for help to crack down on illegal street racing after a traffic officer was hospitalised. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Drag racing is on the rise and the City of Cape Town is asking for help from provincial government, to crack down on the problem.

The city wants tougher laws pertaining to illegal street racing.

A traffic officer was hospitalised last week after being knocked off his motorcycle by a street racer.

Over the past two weekends, traffic officials have arrested at least 10 people on charges of reckless and negligent driving.

The city's JP Smith says stricter laws need to be implemented.

"We are therefore calling on the provincial government to make sure that these … are tough enough to allow us to have these peoples' vehicles removed permanently, for them to forfeit their vehicles or at least have very severe impoundment fees as that we look at serious penalties."