Johannesburg traffic officials have said that more motorists with unpaid traffic fines could be arrested as part of a plan to ensure that traffic regulations are enforced.

The Johannesburg Metro Police has said that more motorists with unpaid traffic fines could be arrested as part of a plan to ensure that traffic regulations are enforced.

reported on Monday that 97 motorists were arrested at the weekend. A sergeant said that 86 motorists paid admission of guilt fines and were released

One motorist, Wayne van Tonder, told the newspaper that he was held in a police cell for more than five hours for a R500 fine issued two and a half years ago for using a cellphone while driving.

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman CC Mackay told

CARtoday.com that this was part of an ongoing campaign to ensure that fines were not just pieces of paper to be ignored, but part of an effort to enforce traffic regulations.

“We will be targeting different areas at different times, depending on where the biggest number of defaulters are based. But we will be doing it frequently.

“This past weekend we concentrated on Johannesburg central, as well as the eastern and southern suburbs.

“We collected more than R65 000 in outstanding fines,” Mackay said.