Warning motorists of roadblocks is illegal

The Road Traffic Management Centre (RTMC) has warned motorists against warning other road users about roadblocks.

Police said the act of warning fellow motorists about roadblocks, either by flashing lights or on social media is illegal.

“We frown upon the practise of warning other motorists about roadblocks. Because by doing that, you might be warning a wanted criminal, helping them evade the long arm of the law,” said RTMC spokesman, Simon Zwane

He said while there is not a specific law against this practice, it still defeats the ends of justice.

“There are many ways in the law that we can use to take people on. By warning someone who is under the influence of alcohol and they end up using another road, you endanger the lives of other motorists.”


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