Earlier this week, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) announced a WhatsApp based hotline to report reckless and negligent driving behaviour, as well as by-law infringements across the city of Johannesburg.

According to IT Web, the JMPD said in a statement that the pilot project is to ensure the Department remains proactive in its public safety efforts.

“The launch of this pilot project is aimed at creating a safer city that is enhanced for all, especially since reckless driving and driving under the influence has been at the top of the monthly transgressions,” said the JMPD.

IT Web further stated that hotline is named Buya Mthetho, which means “bring back the law.” It will allow residents to upload footage of infractions, after which the JMPD will follow-up and take the necessary action.

JMPD added that drivers should, take a clear photo or video of the subject of complaint with the registration number of the vehicle and other relevant information. Then upload it to the hotline with a short description, including date, time and location of the incident and provide their name and contact details, which will be kept anonymous.

“The photo or video must be taken by the complainant themselves, and not forward photos or clips taken by a third-party or downloaded from other sources. The complainant must also be able and willing to testify against the offender if required in terms of legal process,” added the JMPD.

The reckless driving hotline WhatsApp number is 081 410 6338, and for voice complaints for reckless driving the number to report is 011 357 5911.

[Source – IT Web]