Johannesburg metropolitan police have introduced a new law enforcement aid, a modified cellphone to track motorists with outstanding traffic fines.

Johannesburg metropolitan police have introduced a new law enforcement aid, a modified cellphone to track motorists with outstanding traffic fines.

reports that the “Telemetric Enabling Technology” system will allow officers to check whether a driver has outstanding traffic fines or arrest warrants by entering the motorist’s information into the modified cellphones.

Johannesburg metro police department spokesperson CC Mackay said the modified cellphones would be distributed to all Johannesburg metro police officers this week and would help reduce the R280-million owed in outstanding fines in the province.

“This new system will enable the officers to detect whether the driver has any outstanding traffic fines, arrest warrants, if the vehicle belongs to the driver, and any criminal activities,” he explained.

He said the model would help other government departments such as safety and security and justice as it would expose criminals wanted for other offences.

MacKay said: “A second phase will enable motorists to pay outstanding fines on the spot without going to traffic departments. It will reduce long queues and delays at our offices,” he said.