02/07/2018 08:50 SAST | Updated 02/07/2018 09:34 SAST

Mercedes Benz Driver Arrested Clocking 210km/h

At that speed, if someone steps into the road the full length of a football field ahead of you, you have less than two seconds to stop the car before you hit them.

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A 31-year-old man was arrested after he was caught by Gauteng Traffic Police's High Speed Unit driving at breakneck speed in a Mercedes Benz E350 on Saturday.

The driver, who claims to work at Mercedes Benz, was driving at 210km/h on the R21 near Olifantsfontein — supposedly because he "wanted to be on time for a wedding".

"The speedster was arrested on the spot and taken to Olifantsfontein Police Station, where he was formally charged with reckless driving and exceeding the prescribed speed limit of 120km/h on a freeway," Gauteng department of community safety spokesperson Ofentse Morwane said.

"The man was later released on R1,000 bail and will appear in Tembisa Magistrates' Court shortly."

The department of community safety condemned bad driving behaviour displayed by Gauteng drivers.

"Reckless driving and excessive speeding is one of the major contributors [to] fatal crashes on the roads in the province," Morwane said.

"Gauteng Traffic Police and other law-enforcement agencies will continue to deal decisively with those who do not adhere to the rules of the road, particularly given the high rate of fatalities that the province continues to experience."